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Thought leadership

I am an informed opinion leader on the social impact of universities and research. Through my writing and public speaking, I aim to challenge and inspire people with innovative ideas that can be turned into reality and replicated by others. 


I am being regularly invited to give keynote speeches at various conferences on higher education policy and research impact.  I am a regular contributor to WonkHe, Research Fortnight and THE (Times Higher Education Supplement).  I also have had opinion pieces in The Times and The Guardian drawing on my policy research.


In 2021 I published ‘The New Power University’ which aims to challenge conventional thinking about what is the social purpose of higher education in the 21st century.  I argue that being able to answer this with clarity and precision is an essential first step in addressing the current – and largely deserved – negative reputation of universities in some parts of the media and broader society.


In 2013, I co-authored a book, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, on the global threat of antimicrobial resistance, with the then Chief Medical Office in England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and an expert in infectious diseases, Prof Mike Catchpole.  The book has been translated into Italian and Japanese.

Over the past few years, some of my opinion pieces, blogs and public lectures include:








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