I research the psychology of play and design board games. 

I am an Affiliate of The Centre for Play, Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) at the University of Cambridge. From 2017 to 2018, I was a member of Roberta Golinkoff's Child's Play, Learning & Development Lab. In addition, I have an ongoing collaboration with Vicky Leong of Cambridge University's Baby-LINC Lab, researching the neuroscience of play in mothers and infants. 

I provide consultancy services for people who want to understand the research evidence about play and learning, or want to apply that evidence in the development of policy, training or new products. I've given research advice or briefings to numerous organisations, including The LEGO Foundation, The U.K. Houses of Parliament, and The United States Military Operations Research Society. In 2019, I contributed to the United Nations' 'Playing for the Planet' initiative, to develop a game to help galvanise action on climate change.

I have also taught developmental, educational and biological psychology at degree and Masters level, and am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As a board game designer, I specialise in narrative and mystery games, or 'interactive fiction'. I've designed board games for Asmodee, Repos Production, Board&Dice and Space Cowboys, among others, and had a lot of fun doing it.

I also play guitar, and once wrote a playAnd I've been playing board games all my life...

For all academic and consultancy enquires, please use this email.

For all game design and fiction writing enquiries, please use this email.

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