Hello and welcome to my (somewhat minimalistic) personal blog!

My name is Marina and I am a first-year PhD student in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I am a part of the Centre for Social Informatics, which focuses on the study of eGovernment, Information science, the Information Society, and Social Informatics. You can read more about our work here.

My primary research interests are in the areas of information literacy, knowledge management, learning communities, communities of practice, lifelong learning, employability, and career guidance. I am also interested in interdisciplinarity, mixed methods research, and the philosophy of science.

In my PhD, I will explore ways to develop career information literacy in young people and enhance their career decision-making skills in increasingly precarious career landscapes. I will tell you more about my PhD topic in one of my upcoming blog posts!

My research is funded through the ESRC 1+3 studentship award and is conducted in partnership with the SGSSS (the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences) and Scotland’s leading skills agency, SDS (Skills Development Scotland).

I have three excellent PhD supervisors, two of whom I previously worked with on my MScR research project:

– Professor Hazel Hall, who is Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Docent in Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and who blogs at https://hazelhall.org/;

– Dr Peter Robertson, who is Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier’s School of Applied Sciences and leads the Career Guidance programme;

Peter Cruickshank, a lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University who is currently exploring the use of internet technologies by Community Councils in Scotland.

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed three degrees: A BSc in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Human Resource Management at Edinburgh Napier University, and an MScR in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

What is this blog about?

There are many PhD blogs that describe the daily life and musings of PhD students – some more self-reflective and autobiographical, and others more generalised and consultative. This blog will have elements of both! While I wish to document my thoughts so that I can enhance my learning, I also want this blog to be useful to others in some way.

What can you expect to find here?

– Summaries or analyses of academic content, be that journal articles or books

– Recaps of events, conferences, or notable PhD developments

– Discussions of different ideas from my areas of expertise, which are Psychology, Organisational studies, and Information science

– Research tips and tricks that have helped me produce decent work and be productive – everyone learns differently, of course, so take only advice that is relevant to you, and the rest of it with a pinch of salt!

– Meme of the month, because if a picture is worth a 1000 words, then a meme is surely worth a 1000 laughs. What better way to illustrate PhD life?