Shifts and turns

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”

Research approach

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”

Tackling a presentation

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”

Stakeholders and research impact

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”

Status update

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”

Visions for Epcot

Walt Disney’s (Walt) original vision for Epcot – the Experimental Protype Community of Tomorrow – was a city of the future ‘where residents would live and work and test new, innovative products’ (Bodden 2009:32). Walt died before he could make his vision a reality. When the park eventually opened in October 1982 it was largelyContinue reading “Visions for Epcot”

Disney and plastic materiality 

The Walt Disney Company (Disney) and plastic are ubiquitous. While the former demands our attention the success of the other is demonstrated in the fact that it has become so common that it is often ignored.    Disney and plastic both experienced incredible growth in popularity in the post WWII economic boom. Both are often labelled as fake. Disney has been described as presenting a ‘Disneyfied’ aesthetic, an inauthenticContinue reading “Disney and plastic materiality “

My Disney story

Social research cannot be conducted in a vacuum. All research is influenced by the life experiences and personal values of the researcher, as well as what is going on in the world around them. My current research focus, on Disney and plastic waste, is a product of my life experiences, travel, work, and study.  I have been aware of Disney for as long as I can remember.Continue reading “My Disney story”

Personal brand

I am not good at self-promotion; I never have been. When I recently enrolled in a course that included working on personal brand, I knew it was going to involve some personal discomfort. As has become my custom, I immediately made a link to the book I am reading at the moment, Grace under pressureContinue reading “Personal brand”

Finding a theory

I have been advised that I need to define the theoretical basis for my research, but I struggle with the concept of picking one theory that will frame my research. None of my thinking up to this point has been based in any particular theory and much of the literature overwhelms me. A combination ofContinue reading “Finding a theory”