The Walking Meeting In Lockdown Times

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This is sort of a follow-up to my post on the idea of the Virtual Power Hour for academic productivity during COVID. I have been talking ‘Walking Meetings” lately and have made a few observations that I wanted to share. From my experience to date, a Walking Meeting is usually scheduled for one hour, but ends up being 1.5 hours from start to finish. Walking meetings are beneficial for many…

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European Heritage & Identity: Stories from Border Regions – A Virtual Panel

My inspiration for organising this event I completed my PhD in Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin at the end of 2020. My research focuses on the use of transmedia storytelling for cultural heritage projects for public audiences. I am now a Postdoctoral Researcher at Studio Europa and my project is the theme of ‘Heritage, Identity and the Citizens’ Perspective.’ In my postdoc, I am examining the concept of creative…

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What is Community-Engaged Research in Higher Education?

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My Research Approach – Engaging Communities Earlier this week I had some virtual meetings with some new colleagues in Maastricht and a theme that arose was our shared value and approach of “community-engaged research.” I realised how stimulating it is to speak with others who are using this approach, but that the concept of community-engaged research is less well known across other disciplines. I call community-engaged research an “approach” rather…

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My Postdoc at Studio Europa Maastricht

What is Studio Europa Maastricht? Studio Europa Maastricht (SEM) is a partnership between Maastricht University, the Province of Limburg and the City of Maastricht who have come together to “Work on Europe.” SEM aims to demonstrate how Maastricht is a place for citizen dialogue and debate and can serve as a Centre for Excellence in research on Europe and European integration. The three main branches of SEM are: Research that…

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The Virtual Power Hour – Academic Productivity

In the final months of my PhD, COVID-19 restricted everyone in Ireland to work from the seclusion of our homes. PhD’s are a group that is already at risk of developing issues associated with working in isolation. Thankfully, I had a strong network of friends and fellow PhD seekers in place before the lockdowns hit. Keeping motivated proved difficult without the spontaneous “water cooler” or coffee break chats. There was…

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