I studied modern languages, international organisations, literature and European Studies in Edinburgh, Nantes, Leipzig, Bath and Berlin and had two DAAD postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Siegen (Germany). I was an exchange student at the universities of Leipzig and Nantes and a visiting PhD student at the Humboldt/Zentralinstitut fuer Literaturgeschichte in Berlin. I was Head of Department, Head of School, Dean and inaugural Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Relations at the University of Surrey and inaugural PVC (International) at the University of Bath and inaugural Vice President (International) at the University of Southampton. I was Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at Paris 4. I have taught across many different areas at all levels: European Studies, international organisations, German and French literature, social philosophy, translation studies, media and communication theory. My PhD students and postdoctoral fellows have worked on various aspects of political communication, mental health and environmental communication, the public sphere and uncertainty and dialogism, media and communication, Islamophobia and communication philosophy.