My name is Joel. I’m 39. I have a wife and three children and live in West Oxford, UK.
I’m currently a research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. I won a grant from the Independent Social Research Foundation to kickstart a really exciting, ambitious project that I hope and believe can contribute towards positive social transformation. I can’t say a lot about it yet, but it brings together drama, critical pedagogy, social science, philosophy, and cultural studies and is an attempt to encourage democratisation of culture, learning, and knowledge production through the vehicle of a mass media-based drama series, websites, and social media.
I finished a PhD at Oxford University in international political/economic stuff in 2011. After that, I spent a couple of years writing journal articles and teaching too much stuff for too little money (!) at Oxford Uni, SOAS (Uni of London), and Reading Uni.
I have also been active in developing alternative democratic community education initiatives. I co-founded a project called PPE (People’s Political Economy). PPE runs learning groups with partner community organisations to help people come together to learn about the current crisis and what I call the ‘political economy of their lives’, and ultimately to take action to make their lives better.
In this blog, I want to share some thoughts and ideas with you, and also point you to other stuff out there to get you thinking, sharing, and acting with others.
I’ve been blogging regularly here for over a year now and interest has picked up steadily, so if you want to email me to let me know anything, give me feedback, etc, you can contact me at agentofhistory dot com at gmail dot com.
Thanks for reading