Staff Research Interests
Our staff have a wide range of research interests across politics, international relations, philosophy and religion.
My research develops a localised perspective of the growth and expansion of Global Christianity. From anthropological and sociological perspectives I accentuate the heterogeneity and plurality of lived Christian experience in different contexts, thus bringing to focus the interface between culture, worldview and belief. I am also increasingly interested in the impact of globalisation and migration on religious belonging and the resulting changes on contemporary Christianity. Within the broad academic research on the hybridisation of religion, I particularly work on Christianity, with special interest in the social and political implications of Christian growth particularly in Asia and Africa.
My research interests broadly converge around the relationship between culture, public policy and wellbeing, leading me to examine such diverse topics as Universal Basic Income and its effect on public health, national identity and austerity and their contribution to Brexit, genital cutting and invasive practices, and Widening Participation and Higher Education outreach. I am always interested in hearing from people who are interested in researching in these areas.
I have written about such topics and others in journals such as Social Theory & Health, Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, British Journal of Educational Studies, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Educational Theory, Social Indicators Research and Ethnicities, several edited books, including The Legacy of Marxism (Bloomsbury), and my monograph, Evaluating Culture: Wellbeing, Institutions and Circumstance (Palgrave). I am the founding editor of the journal, Global Discourse, which will be published quarterly by Bristol University Press from 2019 onwards.
I have secured over £500,000 in funding to lead a number of research projects, including an international, interdisciplinary, participatory study entitled ‘A Cross-cultural Working Group on “Good Culture” and Precariousness’, which involved a research network of over 30 academics and embedded exchanges between community members from Ashington, Northumberland and Aboriginal groups around Brisbane. Two films covering the project have been produced by Brightmoon Media. My work has also been covered on the BBC One Show and Al Jazeera and in The Independent and ABC and I am a regular contributor to national and international media.
I have taught at the Universities of Newcastle, Queensland, Iceland and York and am the founder and co-ordinator of the Association for Academic Outreach (AFAO), which facilitates discussion, research, development and dissemination of outreach good practice by and for academics.Profiles Lancaster University Profile ORCID Academia ResearchGate ResearcherID Mendeley Publons LinkedIn Websites Global Discourse Twitter A Cross-Cultural Working Group on 'Good Culture' and Precariousness Association for Academic Outreach Politics Outreach YouTube Archive: A Cross-Cultural Working Group
My work focuses on race and democracy in the United States. Through the lens of American racial politics, my research interests include political communications and campaign strategies, elections and electoral systems, representation and public policy, urban politics, and party regimes and polarisation. My recent work has studied black candidates in predominantly white contexts, the political thought of liberal Republicans, racially polarised partisanship under the Obama and Trump presidencies, and the impact of political structures such as voting systems and legislative apportionment on the representation of political and ethnic minorities. Current projects include studies about civil rights policy during the Reagan presidency and the implications of recent state-level partisan change on racial segregation in American schools. In a British context, I have written about the Labour Party and its history.