Liam is a Departmental Lecturer in Science Education, Course Director of the MSc in Learning and Teaching, and leads the Advanced Qualitative Research course for doctoral students across the Social Sciences Division. He also teaches on the PGCE Science programme, MSc in Medical Education, and supervises DPhil (PhD) students.
His research interests generally centre around (1) teachers’ engagement with and in research, and (2) epistemic beliefs, cognition, and practices within and across disciplines.
For example, he led the FoSTER Project, which sought to understand the range of ways that school’s support teachers to engage with and in research across the UK and Ireland, and conducted research on the first iteration of the ‘Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS)’ that is funded by the Teaching Council of Ireland. He was a team member of the H2020-funded ‘FEDORA’ project, focusing on future-orientated science education that includes future thinking skills and interdisciplinarity in a society of acceleration and uncertainty. Prior to his appointment as a lecturer, he was a post-doctoral researcher on the Oxford Argumentation in Religion and Science (OARS) project, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.
He is currently conducting research projects on (1) capacity and culture for teacher education research, (1) epistemological belief development during the MSc Medical Education, and (3) the role of epistemic cognition in sentencing councils’ communication and consultation with the public.
As a qualified Emergency Medical Technician, he currently holds the role of Education Specialist on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council’s Education and Training Standards Committee. He is also a member of the Research Committee of NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research, and he is an active member of the European Science Education Research Association. Liam reviews for a range of academic journals in science education and teacher education including the International Journal of Science Education, Science and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Research in Science & Technological Education, and Psychology Learning and Teaching.