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kicking the can down the road

10:00 - 11:00


In this presentation, Inger will tell the story of her recent research collaboration 'PostAc'. This story delves into the messy way that research comes together and relies on ad-hoc relationships and partial plans to work. Inger will use 'a bit of Actor Network Theory' to reflect on how precariousness in research (particularly running out of money) can sometimes be a strength that lets work evolve and allows people to be responsive to opportunities.

Inger Mewburn

'My name is Dr Inger Mewburn. I was born on Nuenonne country, which is now known as Tasmania, Australia (always was, always will be, Aboriginal land). I have a background as a designer and a researcher, which was nurtured at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Since 2006 I have worked exclusively with PhD students and early career academics. I help people finish complex research projects with (sometimes very) demanding stakeholders. I’m passionate about helping people reach their potential as researchers and helping to create a kinder, more inclusive academy. I strive to create spaces where people can do their best work and advance human knowledge for the good of all.

I am currently the Director of Research Training at The Australian National University where I run and curate workshops and programs designed to help shape the ANU research student experience. Aside from editing and contributing to the Thesis Whisperer, I write scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences, with a special interest in post PhD employability.'

Inger runs the Thesis Whisperer Blog.