Author Archives: gensimpson

Network operators ‘push back’ on more small-scale solar. But why?

Last week the Clean Energy Regulator announced that Australia had reached a new milestone in installed small-scale renewable energy capacity – 6,000 MW – most of it small-scale PV. But can the rapid rate of small-scale solar energy adoption continue? My paper, also released last week (and available for free until October 20), suggests that […]

Why not writing journal articles might increase the quality of academic publications

In essence, my intention to publish an article about my experiences is a reflection of my arrogant belief that my experiences mean something. And perhaps this is a growing problem with the academic literature.

Is the peer review process all it’s cracked up to be?

Recently I have been going through the laborious process of responding to peer reviewer comments for papers developed as part of my PhD. At the same time, earlier this year I was asked to provide peer review feedback on a number of other papers.  And it’s had me thinking about the peer review process… I’m […]

One simple step to an impressive CV – Give it a go

In my experience developing an extensive resume is more about throwing your hat in the ring and giving things a go than it is about being an expert, or impressive in any other way.

Post-PhD ‘brown out’ – will I ever recover from my PhD?

Whereas I used to struggle to get through a season of my favourite TV show within a month I find ‘netflix and chill’ had become a way of life – watching entire seasons in a single weekend. It occurred to me that this all might be because, six months after submission, I hadn’t actually recovered from my PhD….

9 Tips for a fuss free (i.e. survivable) PhD submission

A friend of mine asked me for some advice about what to do in the lead up to the PhD submission. While I’m sure every experience is different, I think it’s reasonably safe to say that the following points would be useful for a majority of PhD candidates. Know the administrative requirements for submitting I’m […]

Microaggressions and university life – doing nothing is sometimes easier than doing something

Today I want to talk about something called a ‘microaggression’. I hadn’t heard of this term until a friend posted a link to an article in The Atlantic about the extent to which US Colleges are increasingly exposed to criticism from students who are offended by words, statements, interactions and implications.  According to the article, […]