This website provides a brief overview of my work, variously as a policy advisor, consultant, and lecturer, currently working with the Government of Canada, formerly at Oxford.
Within the university walls, I lecture and write about theoretical and empirical aspects of scientific method. Over the past 15 years, I have done so with a primary focus on the foundations of physics and mathematics, at times touching on related issues at the intersection of computation, cognition, and language.
In more recent years, an accumulation of influences, including a stint lecturing in Oxford’s program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, has led me to explore how certain strands of my work can be used to shape enterprise strategy. All of these influences inform my work as a policy advisor to government.
Now, much to my own surprise, I wear several hats and divide my time between several places, though mostly Ottawa and Toronto.
Shaping Enterprise Strategy through Data Strategy
I currently work in an in-house consultancy within government, where I give advice on developing the evidence base that supports strategic planning in the areas of income security and socio-economic development. This involves a swirl of economics, econometrics, methodology, and horse sense, all framed by legislation, regulation, mandate commitments, and departmental priorities. (In plain English, and at the risk of dealing in clichés, my team and I are helping the organization to play “Moneyball” with social statistics. It worked for Major League Baseball and we think it can work for the social contract.)
Within the methodological analysis of the sciences, the bulk of my work has focused on what justifies scientific inferences, and therefore on the nature of the relation between theory and evidence. This, in turn, is related to our understanding of the structure of theories. All of these interests, though motivated by a number of somewhat specialized debates, form part of a broader interest in the analysis and revision of our most basic scientific concepts and the place of a particular kind of philosophical or critical conceptual analysis in this task.
Until quite recently, I was Associate Faculty at the University of Oxford, where I lectured in the program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and with whose staff I continue to enjoy intellectual exchange.
Bare-bones LinkedIn profile here; email me for a résumé or indeed a CV.