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.

The University of California at Santa Barbara recently held an innovative conference.  Recognising the fossil fuel-intensive nature of conferences, UCSB decided to hold a conference, titled ‘Climate Change: Views from the Humanities’, entirely online.  The logic behind the decision was obvious – why would a conference seeking to highlight issues associated with climate change want […]

I recently read an excellent Quarterly Essay by journalist Laura Tingle entitled ‘Political Amnesia: How We Forgot How to Govern’. Tingle argued that several political processes in Australia have eroded the institutional memory of both the public service and the parliamentarian wings of government.  Successful Australian leaders chose to remove heads of department, for fear […]