Tony stood down as the director of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition earlier this year to pursue a career in education. He is currently training to teach secondary school Maths in Kent.
Tony led DM for 10 years, overseeing its growth into a UK competition for nearly 300 schools and its expansion to India through a partnership with the British Council. As the Institute of Ideas’ Science and Society Director Tony organised a number of events and publications on the intersection between science and society at times of public controversy, especially in relation to genetics, public health, energy and climate change.
He holds a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.
What Is Science Education For? (ed.) (Academy of Ideas, 2006)
‘Trade War or Culture War? The GM Debate in Britain and the European Union’, in Let The Eat Precaution, (AEI, 2006)
Science: Can We Trust the Experts? (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
Animal Experimentation: Good or Bad? (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
Nature’s Revenge: Hurricanes, Floods and Climate Change (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
‘Precaution, GM Crops and Farmland Birds’, in Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000)
Urban hubris and the great inequality debate
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast