I have a BSC(hons) in Environmental/Earth Science from The Open University and a MLitt in Warstudies from The University of Glasgow. I started my PhD with The Open University in October 2018 and I am combining these these two areas of interest though my project. My PhD looking at reducing whole life energy in heritage buildings through sensitive retrofit, with a geographical focus on the newly enscripted World Heritage Site of the English Lake District.
I am interested in sustainability and climate change mitigation with a particular focus on energy usage reduction and renewable energy. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research which combines the what and how of hard science with some of the why of social science.
I am also interested in history, especially military history from ancient times through to the 18th century with a focus on naval warfare, ship design, logistics and military leadership. I believe that military history is a product of its society however and therefore I am also interested in social, political and technical history and how these intersect with military developments.
I am additionally interested in management development and leadership theory and how it is applied or otherwise in various fields.
Architecture, building development and traditional craftsmanship is another area I enjoy exploring, particularly looking at historic buildings, their design features and how they were lived in.