I’m a lecturer in psychology at the Open University. I’m also author of two books, Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear and Just Another Ape?

After working as a primary-school teacher, I obtained a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Manchester. I currently teach undergraduate courses in developmental psychology and psychology with the Open University and the US study abroad centre, CAPA.

I was co-publisher of LM magazine from its launch in 1997 to its closure in 2000 and also co-founder of spiked, the first custom-built online current-affairs publication in the UK.