No I’m not a game-show host rather I am the Associate Director of Edge Hill University Business School. My key responsibility there is the day to day operational management of the school with a special focus on Student Experience. I’m also a Director of the Productivity and Innovation Centre which is an ERDF funded project that works with SMEs to develop new products and services via repeatable activities that can scale.
Over the last ten years, I have been involved in both ‘pure’ research projects and commercially funded work on a consultancy basis. My interest in this type of work began when I did doctoral research exploring how front-line police officers were making use of mobile technologies.
The interests section of this website provides information on my current interests but if I was to think of an underlying narrative it is that I am interested in how organisations and individuals can and will adapt to disruption to existing business models. This might be represented from the transition from physical to digital goods and services to the nature of flexible capitalism as represented by companies such as Uber.
At Edge Hill University, I’ve won student nominated teaching awards in 2013,2014 and 2016. I’m currently one of the short-listed candidates for Time Higher Education Awards “Most Innovative Teachers in Higher Education” (winner to be announced Oct 2016).
One of my current projects is exploring how the comics industry will be impacted from the growth of digital comics and another is an in-depth exploration of the literature around mobile technology and society.
I have a side interest in social media and have just published a paper in Innovations in Education and Teaching International (written with Dr. Linda Kaye) looking at academic and student usage of twitter. I have also used my previous experience in researching Policing to write with Dr. Kate Sang about biopolitics in organisations using Police Dogs as a focus. Moreover I am just in the process of finishing a ‘passion’ paper looking at high end counterfeiting of swiss watches.
I undertake a range of consultancy work ranging from conducting research projects for commercial organisation to advising organisations as a critical friend or working with small businesses as a mentor. Often, if there is something that is of research interest to me, this is done on a expenses only basis. All of my paid consultancy is done via Edge Hill University.
Some recent work includes conducting a review of the FTTC implementation in the Lancashire region which was commissioned by SuperFast Lancashire.
Other previous work includes being a member of Ed-Excel’s strategic review board for their Business Studies A-level.
Before joining Edge Hill University Business School as a Senior Lecturer, I was employed as a researcher by the AimTech Research Group at Leeds University Business School. While at the Business School, I was involved in a range of projects around information management and the impact of innovative or disruptive technologies.