Edward is an Associate Professor in Applied Health Research. His current research, which has attracted international recognition, focuses on the design, delivery, and testing of complex interventions in unscheduled and emergency care, with a specific focus in pre-hospital emergency care. Methodologically Edward is particularly interested in intervention development and evaluation, consensus methods, and realist evaluation. He chairs the University's Research Environment Working Group. Edward is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Scottish Ambulance Service and a co-director of the Scottish Ambulance Service & Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit Research Collaboration.
In 2006 Edward was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit. This followed his award of the first Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Training scheme's post-doctoral research fellowship (2004-2006), which he undertook at The University of Stirling. Edward's clinical background is in occupational therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, which he practiced in a range of mental health settings (1995-2004). He received his PhD (2004) whilst still working in clinical practice. Edward is a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland.