I’m a writer (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) and researcher (politics, economics, technology).
For the past few years, I worked at the Centre for Global Studies, mainly researching the future of work and automation. Most recently I co-edited a collection of essays by leading economists, computer scientists, data experts, policy specialists, journalists and anthropologists on the future of our working lives, which you can find/order here from Palgrave or from Amazon.
In December 2019 I joined General Assembly’s Data Science Immersive class and spent three months learning to code in Python, investigate and visualise data, and build predictive models. It was partly about gaining extra quantitative skills to complement the qualitative research skills I already had, and partly about fulfilling a secret urge I’d always had to learn a programming language properly. I’m still a novice Python coder… but I’m learning.
My fiction and poetry has been published in Magma, Planet magazine, Vice’s Terraform SF magazine, and Arc Magazine (published by New Scientist), and featured on
BBC Radio 4.
I think people are more and more used to having quite divergent, diverse careers, but there is in fact a link between my writing and my research work: it’s actually all about trying to understand how and why things happen. I want to understand why the world is the way it is, and where it’s going. I like having a good range of tools to draw on in doing that – from poetic metaphor or science fiction speculation to pandas dataframes and logistic regression.