Musings on the Unruly PhD

This post is by Catherine Ayres, a PhD candidate in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University who is researching the multiple and sometimes conflicting ways we conceptualise and experience ‘Nature’, specifically in the realm of national parks and other protected areas. She also nerds it up as an intern at ANU Research … Continue reading Musings on the Unruly PhD

What can academics do about the refugee crisis?

Like many millions of people, I have watched the Syrian refugee crisis unfold and felt helpless to act. But until my friend Eva Alisic contacted me, I had never thought specifically about how we might be able to use our skills as researchers and academics to help. Eva Alisic is Co-Chair of the Global Young … Continue reading What can academics do about the refugee crisis?

How long does it take to do a PhD

Academic work can be largely autonomous, so how should you spend your PhD time? What activities are going to give you the best 'bang for buck'? It's a question we all struggle with, even when the PhD is done. James Patterson completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow … Continue reading How long does it take to do a PhD

From blog to book (a consolation for rejected authors everywhere)

This post is by Professor Les Back, whom I had the pleasure of meeting on a trip to the UK in late 2015 when we were presenting as part of a panel on writing at Goldsmiths. Les is a well respected and much liked professor of sociology at Goldsmiths University in the UK and fellow … Continue reading From blog to book (a consolation for rejected authors everywhere)