I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading and Joint Director of the Reading Centre for Cognition Research. I work at the interface of philosophy and other disciplines (like psychology, law and politics). My business ethics research explores the ‘social licence’ model as a way to reshape relations between the private sector, the state and individuals. In the past, I have worked closely with a Community Interest Company, Ethical Reading, to help improve ethical standards in the Reading area. Alongside my work in business ethics, I have also published widely in philosophy of language (including two OUP monographs, Minimal Semantics (2004) and Pursuing Meaning (2012), both of which have been translated into Chinese). My work in philosophy of language deals with the relationship between meaning and context, and the nature of communication.
I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize (for outstanding early career researchers) and have held invited visiting positions at Chicago University, Rutgers University, the Institute of Advanced Studies in London, and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University.