I am a Senior Lecturer in the University of Westminster's Professional Language Centre (WPLC) with a specific interest in language and identity, particularly in terms of professional and national identities. I am also a published author of academic books, journal articles, and fictional works which can be accessed at various sources online and in bookshops. As with my academic research, my creative works are primarily concerned with the construction of identities, with particular attention given to the Irish immigrant experience in the United Kingdom.
My PhD research was conducted in the University of Manchester, looking at the development of teacher identities through the enhancement of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge. As a consequence of this research I have written widely on the topics of teacher education and teacher knowledge. More recently I have begun to use identity as the prism for broader studies of society, inside and outside the field of education. I have also recently engaged in consultancy work looking at speech patterns of those engaged in politics, or roles in society that involve some form of persuasion/selling techniques.
One other recent project has involved a study into contemporary political attitudes amongst the Catholic/Nationalist community in Northern Ireland. This has been arranged in conjunction with members of Westminster's History & Sociology Department and details of this should be published later this year.