I am a social scientist and ethnographer. Or, to put it simply, I study people. I study the stories people tell about themselves and others, about the places and times they live in and the pasts they've lost (or found). Most of all, I study the industrial revolution - not the history books but the long-term effects in our lives. Practically, I pull on my wellies to explore rural change in England and Wales. I've written and presented on the life histories of former textile workers and the ruins of postindustrial Britain, on why rural places don't exist (or at least not how we think they do), and on chimneys, canals, and Wuthering Heights. I'm currently working with the Horizon 2020-funded IMAJINE and ROBUST projects to ask questions of policy and rural-urban interconnections.