Freelance journalist/copywriter, researcher and editor (August 2014 to present)
Journalism and copywriting
I am a specialist contributor to Forbes, writing about the economic impact of culture, architecture, and urban and rural development. I produce seven features and interviews every month. I’m writing a book on the urbanist Jane Jacobs, due to be published in September 2018.
I’ve contributed to publications such as CityMetric (New Statesman), Inside Housing, InMotion Magazine (Jaguar), OnOffice, Tantrum.zyx, Reclaim Magazine (quarterly column), Joyride.com, Dilettante Army, Design Exchange, Sorbet and local magazine the E List.
I conduct interviews, write copy and manage client relations with global finance, pharma and business CEOs for Business Worldwide Magazine (January 2016 to present). I write video scripts with BWW clients. I also write CEO thought leadership manuscripts for Write Business Results. I have had copywriting roles in Fintech companies and start-ups.
I’ve acted as communications lead for art charities and events and managed social media marketing for various organisations and publications such as Driftmine (see below). I’ve mentored student social media volunteers.
I was editor of the independent and multi-authored online current affairs magazine Driftmine between 2015 and 2016 (a time-limited project, now offline with content republished). I have nearly two decades of experience editing books, PhDs, research reports and academic and media articles.
As a freelancer, I’ve worked with third sector and private sector clients on analysis and report writing projects: for example, reports on sustainability, green walls, town and city profiles, business white papers, HNWIs, digital economies and art markets.
I’ve conducted research analysis: for example, on institutional racism in the arts (University of the Arts, London), estrangement (Stand Alone) and the participation of the deaf in sports (UK Deaf Sports).
I’ve mentored PhD and post-doc researchers to develop their research, research profiles and journalism, most recently for the Business School at Haut University. At Haut, I also assist with literature reviews and editing.
Lecturer at the Open University and Roehampton University (2000-2014)
I was a member of two course teams in production at the Open University (each took two years to develop), leading on one module in each and editing two interdisciplinary books, developing pedagogy on independent distance learning, and other distance learning course materials. I managed other national courses.
I had strategic roles as Faculty Director of Postgraduate Studies, including launching an innovative project to enhance virtual engagement for PhD students.
In my time at Roehampton, I developed, launched, managed and taught a new programme in criminology. It had a 90% retention rate and created a new pedagogic framework for inclusion and diversity. As a result, I was invited to participate on a university-wide committee on student retention and to apply for promotion.
I developed several research projects, including geographical analyses of the night-time economy and urban parenting. This research translated into numerous articles and books. I reviewed and edited research papers for urban studies publications. I have spoken at conferences and have been interviewed by journalists (for example, Vice). I was invited to speak at conferences across the UK, Toronto and Frankfurt as a significant leader in the emerging field of racial exclusion in the night-time economy. I developed blogging platforms for each of these projects and have contributed to many blogging sites.
I hold a PhD in urban studies from Middlesex University, an MA (Distinction) in social and political thought from Sussex University, and an undergraduate degree (2/1) in philosophy (minors include economic history) from Glasgow University. I received a competitive scholarship to fund my Masters and PhD studies.
As a freelancer, I’ve participated in journalism training courses, such as pitching and client relationships. I passed a social media marketing course in 2015.
Additional skills and information
I am a keen photographer, some of which I post on Instagram @creativejourney_ne, and I can do basic photo editing, design and podcasting.
I hold a clean UK driving license and am a UK citizen.
References provided on request.