Making Head or Tail of Academic Conferences

For any doctoral student or senior professor, conferences are an important part of academic life. They give you an opportunity to market your work and carve out a niche for yourself among your peers, get feedback on work in progress, build networks with potential employers or collaborators – basically put your name and profile out […]

STEPS Centre Summer School 2014

Two weeks of a thought provoking and intense summer school have left me excited, and intellectually invigorated. I was fortunate to take part in this year’s STEPS Centre Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability, held from 12-23 May 2014. The STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is a think tank launched in 2006 by the […]

Halfway Through!

After such an inadvertently long blogging hiatus, I’m back. The last two months of my life have been haphazard, with some deadlines, some travel and some disillusionment. That is where the true test of blogging consistency comes… I’m now exactly halfway through my doctoral studies. Another existential crisis has set in. Actually, it seems like these crises […]

Considering a PhD in Germany

In my decision to pursue higher education abroad, I considered several potential desitinations. Top on my list were English-speaking countries in the following order: USA, Canada, UK and Australia. The US fascinated me, Canada is next to the US :), the UK’s education system is familiar, and Australia would have been fun based on my […]