Cognitive Scientist by training and writer of over 30 books on psychology and education.
I have a ‘double first’ in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from Oxford. I am a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of Arts. I have also published lots of papers in both technical and popular journals, some of which you can find here.
My research to date reflects my fascination with learning and how people can get better at it. Whether that be learning in a conventional classroom or seminar, on the sports field, in the therapists consulting room, or on a cushion in a mediation hall. I am interested in what goes on, and the potential for learning that is effective and long-lasting.
I have a number of strands to my earning and learning life. My academic career has mostly been spent in University Departments of Education, teaching and researching the psychology of learning. Beginning as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology, I then took up a lectureship in the Psychology of Education in London at the (now UCL) Institute of Education.
Five years later, I moved to Chelsea College Centre for Science and Maths Education, and then to King’s College London Department for Educational Studies. Afterward, I was Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education, and I finished my university career as Research Director of the University of Winchester Centre for Real-World Learning.
Officially, I am now ‘retired’, though I still travel the world giving talks and running workshops, and work as a Visiting Professor back at King’s College London. During my career, I also worked with the likes of James Lovelock and Fritjof Capra at the Schumacher College for Ecological and Spiritual Studies at Dartington Hall. I have also worked closely with the maverick Buddhist scholar and mediation teacher Stephen Batchelor at the Sharpham Centre for Buddhist Studies.