North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

My Trip to Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen…

Margaret Conroy, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work, Lancaster University (2019 Cohort)

I was checking through my emails one evening, procrastinating during an intense period of writing…when I came across the inevitable call for papers from the European Network on Gender and Violence (ENGV) 2022 Annual Conference in Copenhagen.  One day, I thought, I shall actually respond to one of these!  Hang on a minute, this was a call for papers for an Early Career Researchers Pre-Conference Day….I can do this I thought!  I had 24 hours to submit my hastily written proposal (clearly I had missed this email!). I pressed submit and put it to the back of my mind.  I received an email back sometime after telling me it had been accepted.  Crikey, now I had to write the thing! 

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Gregynog Ideas Lab, a summer school in the idyllic Powys, Wales.

Zeenat Sabur, Politics, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort)

Earlier this summer I attended Gregynog Ideas Lab, a summer school in the idyllic Powys, Wales. The summer school offers PhD candidates and academics in the field of international politics a chance to take part in a week of invigorating workshops led by scholars from a wide range of critical schools of thought – from feminist, to postcolonial and poststructural.

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My OIV to Iceland

Kenneth Rushworth, Politics, University of Manchester (2018 Cohort)

Between the months of May-July I took part in an overseas institutional visit (OIV) to the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands). My area of research is Electoral Registration, and the crux of my visit was to compare the differences between the British and Icelandic registration models.

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Sweet Home Alabama…. Indiana: Overseas Fieldwork Visit

Hannah Sawyer, Psychology, University of Liverpool (2018 cohort).

I am currently sat here writing this blog from my new (temporary) home at Purdue University, Indiana. I am almost halfway through my overseas fieldwork visit and what an experience it has been so far! I am not going to lie, leaving my family at the airport and travelling to Indiana by myself was not easy. Although I may be used to living 200 miles away from home, 4000 miles is a completely different story, and let’s just say my sense of direction is not the best! So, the thought of having to make my way to a new university by myself was terrifying. However, I made it, and I am having a great time (the constant sunshine and less of the Liverpool rain may also be contributing to that).

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