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.
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.
Recently, my supervisor and I developed a new participatory method which aims to map individuals’ geographical imaginaries in order to better understand the role geography plays in their higher education decision-making. This week, it was featured by the National Centre for Research Methods in their publication Methods News.
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.