support, thesis management

Your research topic: the key to keeping motivated

In this post, Dr Sandy Astill (as of April 2017!) shares her shock at the self-directed nature of PhD study , the critical importance of being interested in your research topic, and some tips about the value of being stubborn, brave and bold - describing how she emailed all her favorite high-profile academic authors and received wonderful encouragement.   The decision… Continue reading Your research topic: the key to keeping motivated

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DCI, inspiration

Reach – from crisis to opportunity and maintaining momentum

This post is by Rhodian, starting his DCI this year.  A master goldsmith and seasoned Computer Aided Jewellery Designer (CAD), he recently shifted focus from commercial to academic, completing a Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries at CQU in 2016 and is now pursuing the Doctor of Creative Industries at QUT. But like his gemstones, Rhodian has many… Continue reading Reach – from crisis to opportunity and maintaining momentum

DCI, Fashion research, international

Challenging ‘fashion as usual’ – exploring supply chains, ethics and international development

This post is by Lauren Solomon, a Doctorate of Creative Industries (DCI) candidate. Lauren's expertise in the fashion industry has led her to lead and work on a variety of local and international projects that focus on capacity development of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals and communities. Her research has taken her to communities in Malawi and Cambodia,… Continue reading Challenging ‘fashion as usual’ – exploring supply chains, ethics and international development

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Whatever your politics, poetry can help

Hello all - it is the 2017 US Presidential inauguration ceremony today, and whatever your politics, there is no doubt that 'change is afoot'. In this post, I hope to remind us how important it is to find and maintain our research passion. As researchers in the creative industries, we KNOW that our work is important and that our… Continue reading Whatever your politics, poetry can help

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2017: Finding your “WORD” of the year

Many people are replacing New Years resolutions with what is termed a 'word' of the year, sometimes also described as ' goals with soul'. This can also be viewed as a "theme" for your life, and can involve deep thinking about (and re-scoping) both your priorities and overall life narrative*. As a HDR student, it… Continue reading 2017: Finding your “WORD” of the year