Dear ECRAGers, I am writing to sum-up our June’s meeting but before I jump to the interesting bit of this blog post, I must apologise for its delay, which is entirely my fault. In my defence, I’ve submitted my PhD thesis last week and getting it done in time was all I could think… Continue reading Undertaking research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) With Eniya Lufumpa and Claire Humphries
The other week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology conference. The experience was enhanced for me by the fabulous idea of an Early Career Workshop the day before. This meant that I had the chance to meet a lot of lovely people (also in the early stages of… Continue reading The best tip ever for networking or: How I learned to stop worrying and love conferences!
A colleague recently recommended an article to me about multidisciplinary research– ‘Carnivalesque collaborations’ *. A lot of the experiences reported by the authors rung true to me – a sudden deluge of new concepts and vocabulary that needed to be learnt (), encountering new approaches and ways of thinking, as well as a feeling of… Continue reading Welcome to the carnival! Multidisciplinary working
I’ve just had a PDR (Personal Development Review), where one of the issues discussed was making sure that I don’t overextend myself during my research, since I’ll have four big tasks vying for my time and attention. Coincidentally, I was reading about how to be more productive anyway – who wouldn’t want that? One of… Continue reading Eating frogs for increased productivity?
I attended a BSA conference last week, ‘It’s a Family Affair: Researching with families’, and it made me reflect… I have researched with (or probably more accurately on) children before. I entered schools and was ‘sent’ children (prepped by their teachers, I presume) one at a time, to have them point to the ‘cup’ or… Continue reading Researching with families
It seems like the world has gone consent-mad at the moment, with even the aliens in Doctor Who unwilling to take over the world without our explicit prior consent. (See for yourself…) In research it is “fundamental”  that people agree to participate, and fully understand what they are getting into i.e. they give ‘informed… Continue reading Consenting in paediatric research
Behavioural change meeting In our latest ECRAG session we had Laura Jones (our behavioural change rep) and Beck Taylor host an interactive and informative session on behavioural change theories- in particular, the behavioural change wheel. Everyone sat in a big, but cosy, circle and we went around introducing who we are and how much experience… Continue reading Behavioural change wheel