Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Why is it so hard to write the methodology section of a PhD thesis?

I have worked with many students, particularly humanities and social science scholars, who have found writing the methodology chapter a hugely agonizing experience. I recall my own experience as a mature-aged student, acutely aware of my ignorance and uncertainty: I read … Continue reading

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The Handbook of Academic Writing

Book – If you are an academic, the chances are that your career development is defined by what you write. This simple fact is often the basis of cynicism and hostility within the academic world. Despite the inevitable problems associated with how writing … Continue reading

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Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis

Book – Authoring a Ph.D. is a complex process. It involves having creative ideas, working out how to organize them, writing up from plans, upgrading the text, and finishing it speedily and to a good standard. It also includes being … Continue reading

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How to Write a Thesis

Book – Since the first edition of this book was published in 2002, things have changed. It is now expected that students will receive some form of training in writing during their doctorate. There is now broad agreement on the need for … Continue reading

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Advice for successful Academic Research

This document brings together six popular posts I have written over the past few years for my blog This Sociological Life. These posts provide pithy advice drawn from many years of experience about how to successfully engage in various aspects of academic … Continue reading

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Building a research impact culture

What sort of research culture underpins effective research impact on policy and practice change? As part of a research program on inclusive economic growth in low-income countries, we commissioned four case studies to help understand how researchers had engaged with … Continue reading

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Qualitative Research on Children’s Well-being

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Emotional Education brings together papers on the topic Qualitative Research on Children’s Well-being Across National and Cultural Contexts. The inspiration for this Special Issue emerged from recent developments in child well-being research. … Continue reading

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Critical gender studies and international development studies: interdisciplinarity and inclusion

Critical gender studies and international development studies are both interdisciplinary, but intellectual agility can ensure they are inclusive sites of knowledge production. To develop intellectual agility, which underpins progressive interdisciplinarity, students must paradoxically venture into more closely defined disciplinary traditions … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinarity and anxiety

At the level of institutional strategy, interdisciplinary research looks like a positive and productive exchange. At the personal level, where it is enmeshed with career progress, disciplinary anxieties and tensions at the interface between sometimes incommensurate kinds of thinking, there … Continue reading

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Considering Indigenous Research Methodologies: Critical Reflections by an Indigenous Knower

Within the domain of academic inquiry by Indigenous scholars, it is increasingly common to encounter enthusiasm surrounding Indigenous Research Methodologies (IRMs). IRMs are designated approaches and procedures for conducting research that are said to reflect long-subjugated Indigenous epistemologies (or ways … Continue reading

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