My project investigates the history of political thought in relation to digital technology, particularly digital utopianism and what is known as "cyberlibertarianism," c.1970-2000. I am interested in the intersection between futurism, systems theories, and new ideas about management and globalisation, and how these things were synthesised in the work of Silicon Valley's tech gurus. And I am also interested in the ways networking technologies were seen as the royal road to liberal utopia.
Outside academia, I used to work for one of Oxford's access and outreach initiative, OxNet, which seeks to widen participation in higher education among historically disadvantaged groups. I continue to have a keen interest in university access, and welcome opportunities to contribute to any initiatives where I might be useful.