I've been Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London since 2004. My PhD was from Strathclyde University Department of Marketing, and I also holds degrees in psychology, education and business studies. I currently teach courses advertising, digital marketing and critical marketing to under-and postgraduate students. In the past I've written and taught courses in branding, marketing management and qualitative research methods, amongst other topics. My research publications include work on advertising paratexts, advertising practice and critical marketing, advertising under convergence, and also marketing rhetoric, video games and children, celebrity and marketing, and autoethnographic research methods. The 5th Edition of my text Advertising and Promotion will be published in March 2021 by Sage, and the second edition of my qualitative research methods text with Routledge was published in December 2019.
My media appearances include interviews about binge drinking and UK alcohol policy on Channel 4 News, BBC Breakfast, ITV Tonight and BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, and about Ofcom's regulation of TV product placement on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours. Research I've been involved with on alcohol policy, media strategy and regulation has been covered in many national newspapers and I've consulted on related topics with media and government bodies including Channel 4, Sky Media and the UK Government Cabinet Office. I've written occasional features and opinion pieces connected to education, research, branding and marketing for outlets including The Independent, THES, Admap, the Psychologist, and online publications including, of course, the esteemed TC.