Brian held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship from 2005 to 2008, working on the circulation of literature in Renaissance society with particular reference to manuscripts and the spoken or sung word. In 2009 he was co-investigator in a Workshops project, supported by the AHRC, on Scribal Culture in Italy, 1450-1650. Brian gave the Panizzi lectures for 2012 at the British Library on the topic of Women, Books and Communities in Renaissance Italy (podcasts and slides here). In 2011-15 he was principal investigator of a project, funded by the European Research Council, entitled Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1700. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003.