Doing interesting research

Are you doing interesting research? I mean, are you doing research that academics outside of your field and non-academics will find interesting? If you do not know, or if you actually suspect that your research might not spark the interest of the crowds, do not panic. You might well manage to turn it around. In a 1971 paper, Davis [1] set out to [...]

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Dissecting the utopias of the 21st century

While staying at my parents’ house during the Summer break, I happened to pick up Libero Zuppiroli’s recently published book “Utopias of the 21st century”[1] from [...]

Lessons learned from writing my first academic paper

A couple of weeks ago, I completed my very first academic paper. Although I was quite anxious prior to getting started, the process unfolded surprisingly smoothly. I must [...]

Why I believe that my teaching duties make me a better researcher

Those past three weeks have been almost exclusively dedicated to my teaching duties. In parallel to taking two different courses organized by the didactics department at [...]

Celebrating one year as a PhD student!

Today, it has been exactly one year since I started my PhD studies. Without surprise, the past 12 months have gone by in a blur. Looking at my list of publications, [...]

Preparing and moderating workshops: a few (hard-learned) tips

For my first field study, I have been conducting workshops at the Uppsala University Hospital with nurses and assistant nurses. My experience with workshops prior to starting [...]

The transcription rollercoaster (1/2)

I am currently in the midst of an intense data collection phase and have been conducting 90-minute focus groups with nurses and assistant nurses (5-6 at a time) from different [...]

Discovering Dewey

I am currently taking a reading course, led by Professor Kia Höök at KTH (the Royal Institute for Technology in Stockholm), about the concept of experience. The first work [...]

Lessons learned from a pilot focus group with colleagues

A few months ago, before conducting focus groups with nurses and assistant nurses at the Uppsala University Hospital for my first field study within my PhD – investigating [...]

5 reasons why PhD students should attend doctoral defenses

Since I started my PhD at the beginning of the year, I have attended four doctoral defenses and one so-called “mid-term seminar” – a presentation of a PhD project [...]

Dear decision-makers, your employees care

This past two weeks, while others have been working hard on their writing in connection with the Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo), I have been catching up on my reading. [...]