Welcome to My First Post

Hi and Welcome to my first post on “Qualitative PhD Research”.

I’m a Phd researcher/scholar/candidate and my research is qualitative- very messy, very flexible, cross-cultural, multi-lingual, across several continents and time-zones using video, audio, action research, local collaboration (at this stage can you believe my Supervisors actually let me pass the Doctoral Assessment?), ground theory method- just to name a bit of it.

So – I decided to start this blog to share some of my highs and lows, tips and tricks- pass on other blogs and posts I find interesting. To try and document some of the messiness and clarity that comes in waves throughout my research journey.

I’m not an academic (yet) – I haven’t submitted my thesis (yet) and I’ve been doing it for 5 years and counting.

So- if you are a Phd student or thinking of becoming one- I hope you enjoy this blog.


About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at thequalitativeresearcher.net
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5 Responses to Welcome to My First Post

  1. Courtney says:

    Hi! I’m a PhD in training as well. I just started my blog today too and I thought I would say hello!

    • sarinakilham says:

      Hi Courtney, I went and had a look at your blog- looks good. I shared your resources on ‘why blog’ with our Phd community here. Still struggling to convince others about the power of blogging… we have a community blog isfpostgraduate.blogspot.com but its been hard to maintain momentum over the years. looking forward to your future posts. BTW- comments aren’t activated on your blog?

  2. Hi Sarina, I went to the library session on blogging for academics and set up my own blog last week! Have only posted a quote so far, as I’m not sure how best to use the blog. I’m looking forward to reading the things you sent around on the ISF blog for guidance. Good luck with this. I’m now a follower! Ciao, Nivek

    • sarinakilham says:

      Hi Nivek, I just subscribed to your blog. For me, what I blog about has just happened ‘organically’ – for me, thats mostly been about sharing technical and process tips and tricks related to PhD research- I haven’t really blogged on the content of my Phd research(yet)- I’m sure you’ll find your niche. Making drafts and/or scheduling posts for later is a good feature, allows you to muse a bit before everything appears!
      Good Luck!

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