Space and Place in Budapest

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I have a typically British ineptitude for languages. It’s something I keep meaning to rectify. Even now, sitting in a hotel room at 4.30am on my first morning in Singapore, I’m fluent only in English and feel arrogant in the knowledge that I’ll get by just fine as I cross the city in a few hours for my first morning of fieldwork. Continue reading

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Interning in Westminster (part one)

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As I mention on the About This Blog page, I set up this blog so that I could reflect on my PhD research and experiences. I originally set out to develop a space where I could easily direct friends and family who ask ‘so, what exactly is it you do again?’ or ‘how’s the PhD going?’ To fulfil that objective, I though I’d write a couple of short pieces about the internship I’m currently undertaking at the Department for Education. Continue reading

Fieldwork in Cyprus

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Although not a part of my original ESRC funding application, I was fortunate to be granted an Overseas Fieldwork Allowance (through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership) to undertake research in schools in Cyprus and Singapore this year. The first of these visits took place last week when I visited a school in Cyprus, which offers free tuition to young people in military families and accepts fee-paying British students living in the neighbouring area. Continue reading