Pete works on the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change project, focusing on public and political engagement. He is particularly interested in the diffusion of knowledge and situated knowledges across social and cultural strata or boundaries. Before joining York as Research Fellow, Pete taught sociology for seven years at both St Mary’s University and the University of Manchester. He is also interested in research methodology, the application of social theory, social movement theory and the area of disability studies.
Pete’s research interests include environmental communication, particularly the production, diffusion and reception of knowledge(s) around the environment and climate change. He is also interested in various aspects of health and exercise, including how these relate to wider social, cultural and material factors.
Pete also has an interest in social theory – especially critical theory, historical materialism and the work of Raymond Williams – and how this can be applied to contemporary societal issues. His research interests also include social movements, social movement theory, and societal perceptions, knowledge and recognition of disabilities.