This is the second post that I’ve written about ethics as a part of my research. The first post looked at the extent to which my planned methodology didn’t match my experiences in the field. As a part of this blog post I concluded that it’s not enough just to receive ethics approval. Instead, researching […]

Like so many others of my generation I spent much of last weekend watching the Gilmore Girls reboot, ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’.  I came pretty late to the Gilmore Girls party, (I watched the final episode of series seven on Friday afternoon before launching straight into the reboot), but have appreciated the […]

When I was little and the world around me seemed to be breaking my mother would remind me that everything would seem better in the morning. She was generally right, and I wasn’t surprised to find myself waking this morning feeling more settled about the idea of a US Trump Presidency. I reached for my […]

Ask any PhD student what the most difficult aspect of their research is and they are likely to tell you something about the problems associated with working alone. Completing a PhD is a solitary game – by the end you might be regarded as the ‘expert’ in your field, but in all likelihood that’s just because NOONE […]

Last week I marked the last assignments of my PhD teaching career… surely a good opportunity to reflect back on my experiences?! One element of teaching that differed from my own undergraduate experience was the use of intensive teaching units. The idea behind intensive units is that students working full-time can undertake a masters unit […]

“Just as the world is the domain of the geographer, energy is the wealth of the world. The two cannot be separated.” (Pasqualetti, 2011, p978) Last week I returned from the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference in Adelaide.  This was the fourth IAG conference I’ve attended, and as usual I thoroughly enjoyed myself, was exposed […]

ly my research has led me to think about the way the community talks about renewable energy, and the way these discussions can influence people’s perceptions of utilities, domestic solar and associated policies. My own perception is that these kinds of phrases are as damaging as they are engaging. Electricity generation is incredibly complex, and any broad-ranging scale of change to be experienced in networks is likely to filter through to low income earners in increased charges.