My primary area of research is the Tibetan Gesar epic, one of the world's few surviving and still-developing oral epic traditions which entwines chivalric, shamanic and tantric themes, and constitutes an important poetic arena of discourse on Tibetan history, culture and identity. More broadly my interests are in Tibetan cultural, religious and political history, and particularly on the development of Tibetan national-religious mythographies.
My DPhil., completed in 2008 at Wolfson College, focussed on historical and current political patronage of the Gesar epic, and was entitled "Narrative Diversity and Social Resonance in the Gesar epic". In addition to periods of teaching academic Tibetan Studies, I have worked as a journalist (BBC World Service) and as a free-lance researcher, writer and editor. Between 2010 and 2011 I worked as a researcher, writer and editor for HH the Dalai Lama, helping to produce the book "Beyond Religion" on the subject of secular ethics in a globalised world.