Eleanor Malbon is a research fellow at the University of New South Wales and an aborted PhD candidate. She researches social policy and public administration, which can be as dry as it sounds, but the people she works with are consistently interesting. You can find her research profile here and most of her published work … Continue reading Not doing the PhD (and being ok with that)
First a trigger warning: this post discusses suicide and self harm. If you need to reach out, Lifeline in Australia provides a 24 hour crisis line on 131114. Sorry I can't list services in every country this is likely to be read, but you can find information on mental health for PhD students on the … Continue reading The Academic FitBit
Do you identify as 'introvert'? Many PhD students do. If you are less comfortable with social spaces, the networking part of academia might be painful. To tell you the truth, I don't really buy the 'introvert/extrovert' spectrum as I don't identify as either. I'm always uncomfortable with such absolute descriptions as people are very complex, … Continue reading How to be the ‘star PhD student’ – when you are an introvert
Interdisciplinary research. So hot right now... or is it? To be clear - I'm a super fan of interdisciplinary work. I'm happily 'post-disciplinary' myself. My PhD was interdisciplinary, and my current job is transdisciplinary. I work with all kinds of research students, from physics to fine art; education to chemistry, I embrace you all! While … Continue reading Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?
In Australia, enrolling in a Masters by research (or 'MPhil') it is a relatively common pathway to a PhD, but how hard is it to achieve the 'upgrade'? This post is by Jonathan O’Donnell, who has spent most of his career in universities, helping academics to find funding for their research. His doctoral research looks … Continue reading Upgrading from Masters to PhD
Have you given up a great full time job to do your PhD? Some of you might have done this fairly recently - what changes can you expect? Jo Khoo is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research focuses on health services use and financing, particularly related to service … Continue reading Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students
Good advice on how NOT to be an academic when you finish your PhD is pretty thin on the ground. Many supervisors have never done anything else, and/or are not well enough connected with industry to know what is 'hot'. Careers centres at universities tend to shape their offerings around the huge undergraduate cohort, who … Continue reading I want to leave academia – what’s next?
Genevieve sent me this post about a year ago - such is the queue for the blog now it's taken this long for it to appear, but in this case, the wait is probably a good thing, as you will see... In 2016 Genevieve Simpson completed her PhD, which examined community, industry and government perceptions … Continue reading Gilmore girls, myself.
This post is by Owain Johnstone. Owain recently submitted his PhD thesis in Socio-Legal Studies at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University. His research explores the role of the British state in influencing the social construction of 'human trafficking' since the first English law was introduced on the topic in the early 2000s. He … Continue reading Your PhD can be your strongest career asset
About 30% of my work week is classified as 'service': work that supports others in the community, such as sitting on committees, writing reviews and references, consulting on problems and so on. As a result of this higher than usual level of service work, the sheer number and range of things I do in a … Continue reading I call bullshit on pointless ‘hope labour’