I have an eclectic range of research interests broadly converging around the politics of cultural diversity and the relationship between culture, wellbeing, institutions and circumstance.

I have written about such topics in Ethnicities, Social Indicators Research, Educational Theory, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy and Journal of Medical Ethics, my edited book, The Legacy of Marxism (Continuum), and my monograph, Evaluating Culture: Wellbeing, Institutions and Circumstance (Palgrave).

I am founding editor of the journal, Global Discourse, which is published quarterly by Taylor and Francis (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rgld20) and have taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York.

I am currently developing a project examining welfare regimes, cultural diversity and wellbeing by organising a cross-cultural exchange between people from an Aboriginal Australian community and Ashington, a former coalmining community in my native North East of England. The regional focus provides me with good reason to continue to waste yet more time (23 years and counting) and money watching Newcastle underachieve and self-destruct.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Lancaster University