All of my writing is nonfiction: mostly cultural and political commentary, along with some personal narrative. Since 2007 or so, my main topic has been higher education, and for two years I wrote a regular column on the Education page of the Scotsman newspaper. From 2013 onwards I’ve also written extensively about the Scottish independence referendum and politics in Scotland more broadly.

My most recent writing can be found in the links to the right, along with full lists of published and unpublished writing. Or, you can browse by topic below.

Academic Writing 

  • 2011 and 2013 (2nd ed).  Sociology in Scotland, stand-alone chapter packaged with Sociology: Making Sense of Society, ed. by Marsh et al.and Sociology: A Global Introduction, ed. by Macionis and Plummer. Harlow: Pearson.
  • 2010. Social Conscience and Scotland’s Universities: Past, Present and Future in The Proceedings of the World Universities Congress, Volume 1, pp. 376-383. Also available online.
  • 2009. Social Conscience in The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy, ed. by Arran Stibbe. Devon: Green Books. Also available online.