Before joining Aston in 2016, I was a researcher at the University of Bath where I worked on the ESRC funded project, 'Understanding and Explaining Terrorism: Expertise in Practice'. I also completed my PhD research at Bath, examining how the collapse of social democracy and the rise of neoliberalism impacted on the BBC's organisational structure and culture; work which forms the basis of my book The BBC: Myth of a Public Service. My work is centrally concerned with the ideas and practices of powerful groups and actors, and the social networks which influence policy making.
Media and Communications
Think tanks and policy networks
Elite social movements
Sociology of knowledge and expertise
Counter-terrorism and Islamophobia
Investigative research, social network analysis, visualisation