Phil completed his DPhil in computational modelling of X-ray lasers in 1991 from the University of York, after which he held research positions in the University of York, Université Paris-Sud and the Czech Institute of Physics. He then spent ten years in the finance sector, designing and modelling approximately $2 billion of ‘big ticket’ asset financings. He returned to academia via an MSc in Quaternary Science from the University of London (RHUL/UCL) in 2006. He joined the Open University in 2007, initially as a post doctoral researcher on glacial-interglacial cycles.
Phil’s main focus is the development of computationally efficient Earth system models, with particular focus on interdisciplinary model coupling applications, integrated assessment and uncertainty quantification.