I’m a writer and historian, currently working at Trinity College Dublin.

My historical research looks at food and cities in early modern Europe. There’s more to read, if you’re interested.

I’ve written for Munchies (Vice)CityMetric (New Statesman), City AMThe Grocer and Farmers Weekly, where I worked for two years as a business reporter. My most recent cuts are on my writing page.

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Freelance journalist – September 2015 to 2020

  • Writing or working shifts for Munchies (Vice), CityMetric (New Statesman), City AMThe Grocer and Farmers Weekly 

Business reporter, Farmers Weekly – January 2014 to September 2015

  • Wrote news, features, analysis and explainers for web and print, including online visualisations like maps, charts and infographics
  • Shot and edited video, recorded audio interviews
  • Appeared on BBC radio and TV as commentator – watchable, here
  • Beat covered food industry, retailers, politics, commodity markets, economics and business management

Press Association Multimedia Foundation Course, Newcastle – August to December 2013


Trinity College Dublin – February 2021 to present

  • Research fellow on ERC-funded FoodCult project

Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London – 2019 to 2020

  • Economic History Society Anniversary Fellowship

Birkbeck, University of London – 2014 to 2019

  • History PhD – the street food sellers of London, 1600-1800 (Birkbeck School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy postgraduate research scholarship)
  • Early Modern History MA – Distinction

Durham University – 2010 to 2013

  • History BA Hons – First Class