What are the costs of studying over-researched places?

Over at Twitter, Cat Button recently advertised a Call for Papers on “Over-researched Places”. Fascinating right? Wondering about research spaces that are revisited and researched repeatedly, she calls for reflexive interrogation of the issue of “researcher saturation and its consequences”. Over-researched places in urban India The idea immediately appealed to me. In development research acrossContinue reading “What are the costs of studying over-researched places?”

PhD Tips: Second Year or Fieldwork as a Planned Adventure

When I wrote out tips for First year PhD students, I didn\’t realise it would become the most viewed post on my blog (nearly 1200 views to date!). Between picking up a new job, relocating back to India, and getting used to post-PhD life (who knew I\’d miss it so?!), I found myself going throughContinue reading “PhD Tips: Second Year or Fieldwork as a Planned Adventure”

Link Pack #2: Vulnerability indicators, pluralism, participatory farmer advisories

A new paper by Katherine Vincent and Tracy Cull┬áthat reviews debates around using indicators to assess climate change vulnerability. The section on \’principles for developing robust indicators\’ is interesting and emphasises the need for a clear conceptual framework, transparent choice and aggregation of indicators, a critical examination of different methodologies and their assumptions, and finally,Continue reading “Link Pack #2: Vulnerability indicators, pluralism, participatory farmer advisories”

Discipline hopping: what does depression have to do with vulnerability science?

You often hear of the virtues of thinking \’out of the box\’, developing interdisciplinary reading habits, opening our minds to different influences and ideas. In spite of this, interdisciplinarity is a difficult monster to tame, and one commonly falls back on familiar authors, known reading lists, well-worn and oft-searched keywords. Skirting the peripheries of one\’sContinue reading “Discipline hopping: what does depression have to do with vulnerability science?”