I am a Lecturer in International Politics and Programme Director for the BA (hons) International Politics programme at the University of Stirling. My research addresses actor performance, worth, and status in international organisations, with a particular interest in the EU and other group politics. My current research focuses on the conceptualisation and evaluation of actor (group and individual state) performances within international organisations, with special focus on global nuclear diplomacy, and world trade politics.
Before joining Politics at Stirling in 2017 I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick, where I worked on the European Commission FP7-funded project Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks (GR:EEN).
I have published extensively on EU performance in multilateral negotiations, particularly within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review negotiations and the WTO's multilateral trade negotiations. My first book was published by Palgrave in 2015 entitled The European Union in a Multipolar World: World Trade, Global Governance and the Case of the WTO.
In October 2018 I was appointed Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2019 I received the runner-up award for RATE’s Innovation in Online Module Content, and an University of Stirling Teaching Impact Award for my teaching and active learning methods in international negotiation.
I am an occasional media commentator on topics such as international security, diplomacy, foreign policy, trade negotiations, and the EU.