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I read a great blog post by Patter about having to adjust the planned trajectory of your research to work around the obstacles that come across your path. This connected with me on multiple fronts: I sometimes get concerned that, each time I draft a paper or a presentation, I am slightly adjusting my researchContinue reading “Shifts and turns”
Reducing the environmental footprint of my travels I am excited about heading overseas for the first time since January 2020, and to start my research field work. I will be away for three weeks, presenting at a conference in Norrkoping, Sweden and visiting Disneyland Paris, France. I have spent quite a bit of time leadingContinue reading “Travel light”
My research aims to provide a better understanding of the Disney-plastic assemblage and to propose more environmentally responsible alternatives to existing plastic practices to reduce plastic waste at Disney theme parks. As supported by Latour (2005) and DeLanda (2006), no individual or decision exists in isolation, all situations and positions are influenced by human andContinue reading “Research approach”
Giving a presentation is not one of my favourite things to do. I hate standing up in front of people and having my words tumble over the top of each other. I am much happier being in the background and working on a written document. But, being able to present in front of peers andContinue reading “Tackling a presentation”
There is an inherent risk in PhD research to become very insular and self-centred. After all, you need to focus intently on one very small problem for a long time. To do this you also need to reduce, or at least balance, other distractions in your life. You limit time with family and friends soContinue reading “Stakeholders and research impact”
I am at a significant milestone in my PhD candidature and my work life. First my PhD. I recently submitted my Confirmation of Candidature (CoC). At my presentation the panel recommended minor modifications, which I made then resubmitted. My CoC is now finalised. I can progress with my PhD as proposed (hooray!). While the CoCContinue reading “Status update”
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