My professional career began in sport science, the focus of my undergraduate degree, which included studies in psychology, physiology, anatomy, philosophy, sociology, leisure, biomechanics, and more. This wide perspective on different forms of knowledge has informed everything I have done since, having spent 12 years in an art school and now based in a school of environment and life sciences.
My earliest work focused on sport technology, particularly around the doping debate. In 2005, I published a paper in the European Journal of Sport Science, which set out my approach to the topic, wherein I argue for the need for a performance enhancement policy that goes beyond conventional doping. Through these inquiries, I have entered into the worlds of bioethics and medical law, and have been involved with most of the key international inquiries into these subjects over the last 15 years, including WADA projects on gene doping.
I am often asked to give talks about performance enhancement and sport for schools outside of this field, most recently for the Royal College of Art. By studying the sports context, we get a sense of how technology is changing humanity and an insight into some of the complex moral problems this creates.