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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Visiting Research Fellowship to University of Luxembourg

Having recently completed my PhD, I thoroughly recommend other freshly-minted doctors consider doing a visiting research fellowship at another university. It was a great experience learning about the different methodologies historians and anthropologists use to conduct research. I also learned that each discipline has its common challenges. For example, in social science, the sampling and data analysis can be challenging since we toe-the-line between scientific methods and humanistic (i.e., subjective/interpretive)…

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