I am a lecturer at Aston University and a member of the Operations and Information Management group in Aston Business School. The creation, search and utilisation of structured knowledge is the key theme in my research.

Prior to this I was a web researcher and worked at the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University from 2001-2009, and then in the OAK Group in the Computer Science Department at the University of Sheffield.

My background is in chemistry and information science. I worked on the production of technical databases at The Welding Institute and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. In those roles, I came to realise the potential of well structured knowledge resources, but also the cost and difficulty of producing them manually. This lead me to undertake a PhD in text categorisation at Portsmouth University.