This blog covers a range of issues relating to doctoral research and supervision, early career academic experiences, social science research methodology, academic work and publishing, and whatever else takes my fancy!
There is a list of most of my posts (blogs, videos and podcasts) below, organised into topics (separate list just of videos and podcasts here)
Being a doctoral student | Doctoral supervision | Academic work and careers | Conference presentations | Writing and publishing | Research methodology | Practice theory
You can also use the links to most recent posts, category clouds, and archive functions at the side of the webpage. Or just click on home for the latest post.
Posts about being a doctoral / postgraduate research student.
PhD 3.0: Gardening and globally distributed funds of knowledge
There is no such thing as a doctoral student
Look before you leap: what you need to know about doctoral study
Habits of successful research students
Why you need to look for your thesis thief today (and regularly ever after)
It’s only a PhD not a Nobel Prize! – what does ‘doctoralness’ mean?
Thesis structure (social science)
Relationships and why they are important in PhD study
Posts about postgraduate research supervision.
Top 10 ways to annoy your PhD supervisors
How to be a crappy supervisor (guest post by doctoral student)
What are PhD supervisors for?
Why a good doctoral supervisor might make easy things harder
Supervisors helping students deal with journal rejection
Flipping supervision (giving students time to think about tough questions before they meet with their supervisor)
Posts about academic work and careers
Series on rejection –
(1) Rejection wall –
(2) responding to rejection –
(3) example of a rejection
(4) another example of rejection
(5) How I fail
My Shadow CV (and why shadow CVs matter)
Your first academic job
Research excellence, awards etc
Look before you leap: secrets of academic work
How to (self) sabotage your academic career
Keeping up with research in your field (a lazy academic’s approach)
Plenary session for Academia – A Scholarly Life conference (about academic work) – my talk comes in around 34:50, and I contribute to the Q&A
Posts about conferences .
Is your conference audience really listening?
How to bore your audience and make a terrible impression
A really terrible conference presentation
How to make your conference presentation more effective
Dealing with questions from the audience at conferences
Academics behaving well at a conference? Seriously?!
Posts about academic publishing
Introduction to publishing in academic journals: trends, copyright, status, and peer review (newly updated in 2020!)
Secrets of academic publishing (questions you’ve always wanted to ask!)
How to make sure you never get published (voice over slides), or Live presentation in Research Week 2015 by UTS Library (my talk starts 33:15, after excellent talk on key tips for publishing by Louise Ryan); you can watch the Q&A session here
How to make sure your article never gets read or cited
Basics of journal publishing (impact, choosing journals, etc) – please note I have made an updated series of videos on this topic (see first link in this section above)
How to choose a journal for academic publication
How to diagnose and treat quotitis
How to check journal ranking (ERA Zombie ranks)
How to check relative journal impact factor
Giving effective feedback on others’ writing / peer review
Current trends in academic publishing
Journal citations and impact factors: why they matter, and why they don’t make sense
Blogging and academic critique
Posts about research methodology
How do you design (social science) research? A simple framework (video)
Quality, parsimony and beauty in research
Ontology and epistemology: a way in through music
Ontology and epistemology: lasagne!
Ontology and epistemology: brilliant, yet annoying ideas
How do you know if qualitative research is done well? Quality criteria (podcast)
The Hammersley framework for critiquing (and designing) research, and why I like it
My adaptation of Hammersley framework for critical review of qualitative research (video with narration); just the prezi itself
A 5-part research design framework (with link to Hammersley)
Metaphor and simple framework for research design
Good recording keeping in fieldwork (managing data collection) – also available in small file size for quick download
Enhancing qualitative interviews
Interview analysis: basics
Randomness and randomisation in social science
Nick’s commentary on Shenton (2004) Strategies for ensuring trustworthiness in qualitative research projects
Qualitative Data Analysis #1 – the messy personal history of working with concepts
Qualitative Data Analysis #2 – what are you trying to achieve? The, any, or an interpretation?
Qualitative Data Analysis #3 – Simple but powerful analysis framework (based on this open access paper)
Qualitative Data Analysis #4 – to interpret qualitative data: 10 ways to be wrong (based on Schuum’s book) Download slides here
Qualitative Data Analysis #5 – how do you know when you’re coding well?
Qualitative Data Analysis #6 – alternatives to coding
RCTs in education (response to Ben Goldacre)
Practice theory, knowledge and ethnography
Limits to RCTs
Posts about practice theory.
Schatzki in action
Annotated bibliography of Schatzki’s work on practice theory
Practice theory, knowledge and ethnography
Times, spaces, bodies and things in professional practice and learning: a quick introduction
A discussion about practice, knowing and learning (podcast)