I joined Stirling Management School in November 2017 having previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Postgraduate Research at the Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, and before that at the University of Strathclyde Business School. A historian of business and work, I was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. I am an editor of History Workshop Journal and a trustee of the Business Archives Council. Prior to my academic career, I was Head of Energy Supply Policy at the Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government). I am an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS.), the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). I have served, or serve, as an external examiner at the Universities of Durham, East London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Swansea and York.
I am currently co-investigator on the 3 year Arts and Humanities Research Council main grant funded (£806k FEC), 'On Behalf of the People: Work, Community and Class in the British Coal Industry, 1947-1994', with Professor Keith Gildart, University of Wolverhampton. I have also held grants from the British Academy, Carnegie Trust, Economic History Society, Royal Economics Society and Royal Society of Edinburgh. I am the author of two monographs, The Mine Management Professions in the Twentieth Century Scottish Coal Mining Industry (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007) and Aluminiumville: Government, Global Business and the Scottish Highlands (Carnegie, 2012), and have co-edited two collections, (with Mats Ingulstad and Espen Storli) Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of the "Devil's Metal" (Routledge, 2014) and (with Steven High and Lachlan MacKinnon) The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places (University of British Columbia Press, 2017), as well as publishing numerous articles in management, business and labour history journals. I have also undertaken consultancy work for Highlands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and Rio Tinto Alcan, and contributed pieces to industry journals and to programmes for the BBC.
When not working, I like to spend time with my wife and children, as well as being a keen fan of the arts and cuisine, enjoying sports, and travelling.