Since 2006 (and full-time since 2010) I have worked as director of the research consultancy Urban Pollinators. You can find about more about my professional life on the Urban Pollinators website, as well as an extensive archive of work-related writing and research reports. I’m also on LinkedIn.
I’ve written a book, How to Save Our Town Centres, which grew out of the crisis of confidence that followed the 2008 financial crash and the subsequent recession. It sets out an alternative agenda for the future of our towns and cities which, it’s fair to say, hasn’t been welcomed by people who think our town centres should be filled with bigger and shinier shops and bigger and shinier property projects.
Urban Pollinators also helped to publish and crowdfund Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution. Written by Joanna Dobson with Pam Warhurst, it tells the story of the inspiring Incredible Edible movement that started in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and is encouraging people worldwide to rethink local food systems.
My previous blog, Living with Rats, grew out of my role as editorial director of New Start magazine, which I co-founded in 1999 and left in 2010. It has a broad focus on place and community. All the posts are still visible.
I also write poetry which has been published in various magazines and online (and on a bus in Guernsey). This is a more recent venture, for which I’m particularly indebted to Jo Bell’s 52 Project. There’s a selection on my poetry site.