Date and Time
21st Nov 2013 09:30 –– 21st Nov 2013 17:45
University of Glasgow

The annual first training session of the Human Geography Pathway for all starting PhD students in human geography across Scotland


(subject to change)

09.30:  Gathering with coffee available

9.50-10.00: Welcome and purpose of the day (Chris Philo)

10.00-11.00: Getting started: motivations, inspirations, hopes (maybe a few fears), logistics Reflections on getting started from the frontline of PhD research in human geography, with 3 mini-presentations (c.10-15 mins.) by ongoing GU PhD students (Emma Laurie and Trish Campbell; Paul Griffin; Mark Lucherini) + discussion.

11.00-11.10 Short break (maybe grab more coffee)

11.10-11.40: Starting reading: mini-presentation (Chris Philo)  An obvious first step in PhD work is to conduct a review of relevant academic (and sometimes other [eg. policy, popular media]) literatures, but how might we go about such a task?  What are the crucial elements of academic critique work needed to ensure that a literature review is effective?    Leads directly into the next session …

11.40-12.50: Who's that geographer?: workshop (Chris Philo) One aspect of the literature review is quickly to gain a sense of the authors (geographers as well as scholars from other disciplines) who are researching and publishing in your fields of interest.  The aim here is a group-based workshop, working in groups to ‘trace’ particular geographers, as an example of good practice in familiarising oneself with authors, their projects, writings and wider contributions.

12.50-1.30: Lunch

1.30-2.40: What and who is it all for?: Workshop and mini-presentations (Hester Parr and Johnny Crossan) Increasingly, we are being asked to consider from the start the possible impact and/or value of our research, PhD projects included, beyond the academy.   We are asked to envisage the kinds of collaborative/participatory arrangements we might set up with non-academic bodies, communities and individuals of all kinds, as well as strategies for disseminating findings and conclusions.  Yet, what exactly is involved in this working between the academy and a ‘wider world’, and how might it be taken into account when commencing the likes of a PhD research project? We will address this matter through a workshop run by Dave and Hester, including brief mini-presentations from the two of them.

2.40-2.50: Small break – and eating leftovers from lunch!

2.50-3.30: Writing from the off? 1: the ongoing doing of writing: presentation (Hayden Lorimer) It is often the case that the PhD is only explicitly considered during the so-called writing up phase in the final stages of PhD study, but in practice there is – and should be – all manner of dimensions to writing during the whole period of PhD study.  Indeed, there are many ways one might be writing throughout the PhD, and many different forums for writing in the process.  Hayden will explore these issues …    Leads directly into the final workshop session after Tea …

3.30-4.15: Tea

4.15-4.45: My first thesis blog: workshop (Hayden Lorimer) This mini-exercise is about drafting your first thesis blog: your first attempt (if you have not attempted it already) to create your first, potentially widely publicly accessible, blog describing and justifying your PhD topic and method.  The idea will be for these to be circulated subsequently to all participants, partly as a record of who was attending and what they are studying, but also for comment about the blog-style itself.

4.45-5.00: Start of wine and nibbles reception, continuing into …

5.00-5.40: Writing from the off? 2: the ongoing craft of writing (a mild confessional) presentation (Ian Shaw) Continuing the theme of writing, Ian will reflect upon his own experiences as an academic writer, telling the story of his own writing and how it has changed over the years, together with wider ruminations on the (sometimes daunting) craft of writing.

5.40-5.50: Closing words (Chris Philo)   … and opportunity for any reflections back from participants about the event … 

The organiser of this event is Prof. Chris Philo and further questions can be directed to him at Rooms will be announced closer to the event.

Students without pre-existing sources of funding for travel can apply for travel expenses to be reimbursed after the event.

Details on how to get to the campus can be found here:


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Last updated 5 Dec 2013 5:19pm