Craig Fairnington is an associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas. Craig graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2009 with a BSc in physics before joining the Academy of Ideas in 2010. Since then he has produced and chaired sessions at the Battle of Ideas on a range of issues, including the ‘gay gene’, Scottish independence, water scarcity, and the future of the nation state. For Debating Matters, he has written topic guides on a similarly wide range of issues, and helped lead the STV Debating Matters Referendum Schools Debate which saw schools across Scotland debating issues around independence in the run-up to the referendum.