I wear wellies and study people. I'm a social scientist working in rural and regional development - that means that I'm interested in how rural life has changed over the years, and what could happen in the future. I listen to the stories people tell about themselves and others, about the places and times they live in and the pasts they've lost (or found).
I write and speak about things like local government, EU policy, and why rural places don't really exist. I've told the National Trust to get radical, I've Morris danced for Prince Charles, and I've come out of the closet about thinking Wuthering Heights is a bit rubbish.
My work is currently funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, through the IMAJINE and ROBUST projects. My opinions are of course my own (especially about the Brontës).