College: College of Humanities
I am currently undertaking a full-time PhD, having obtained a doctoral studentship here at Exeter (though based in Bristol).
Having pursued a career in university administration and management, I finally took the plunge into full-time academic research in 2015 to follow my long-time interest in landscape history and cultural landscapes.
Prior to this I completed a part-time MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology at the University of Oxford in 2007, gaining a distinction. My MSc dissertation examined the landscape impact of Llanthony Priory in the Black Mountains and resulted in an article published in the Archaeology in Wales journal.
My PhD research project is entitled Topographical legacies of monasticism: evolving perceptions and realities of monastic landscapes in the southern Welsh Marches, and seeks to combine landscape history and archaeology with cultural geography approaches - a deep topography - to provide a comprehensive analysis of the complex landscapes of the study area.
Inspired by a long-standing and widening interest in all things relating to landscape, topography and sense of place, I regularly write on landscape-related subjects at my two blogs - Landscapism and Exploring Landscape - and contribute to other sites, publications and events. Landscapism is a platform to explore and promote landscape-related themes and ideas, stories and activities; to encourage greater inter-connectivity between different disciplines and areas of interest.
Whilst I follow an on-going learning curve of fatherhood, maintaining upland footpaths in the Black Mountains occupies some of my spare time.