About Me

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I am an author, teacher and researcher specialising in China and India’s rise to worldwide importance, and the study of great power politics.  Based at the University of St Andrews, I work as a public intellectual who shares his longstanding expertise with a range of audiences, in order to improve their understanding of important dynamics in the contemporary world.

By building engagement on topics of global significance, I seek to actively enhance our appreciation of current affairs in an interesting, energetic and compelling manner.  Driven by a deep intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm, My Writing, Public Engagement and Media activities collectively aim to enrich our awareness, knowledge and thinking as a society.  I am currently developing a range of ideas concerning authoritarianism, great powers and the political history of modern India.

As a high calibre researcher, I have worked in a variety of challenging environments, displaying excellent interpersonal skills, initiative and decisiveness.  I am also a very organised and self-motivated individual who thrives in dynamic and creative working environments, and has protracted experience across the South, East and South East Asia – including carrying out extensive interviewing and doing research in national archives.

Focused upon my individual and professional development, I am driven by strong personal integrity and loyalty.  To all my work I also bring the strong verve and zeal that I have for teaching, so as to enable the clear presentation and explanation of topics and arguments, as well as the cultivation of self-confidence in my audience.  Through my well-established organisational abilities and flexibility, coupled with excellent time management skills, I always deliver my writing projects on schedule.

When not working, I try to learn Greek, and am a frequent visitor to Athens and the Cyclades.  Apart from travelling, I pursue a love of film noir, documentaries and literature.  Additionally I am an ad hoc photographer, Pilates student and vinyl enthusiast, and am involved in several music projects.  I currently live in Edinburgh with my partner and son.