May 2022 round-up

May was not bad. Not bad at all. It was good, even. There were some logistical challenges, on the home front. And there was marking. But, other than that, it was a great month. I even received a very exciting “invitation”, whose details I will share as soon as I can.

This was another month of pushing through with various bits and pieces, rather than wrapping up projects and papers. That’s not exactly my happy zone. I much prefer clear milestones and outputs. But that’s fine. It’s a season.

On the research front, I have been doing stuff at all stages of the research pipeline. I interviewed some students for a research assistant position for a new project on NFTs. Worked on the logistical details for the data collection for a project about research communication. I also recruited some additional participants for the e-government project; and coded and analysed some interview data for the post-covid travel project. Moreover, I presented some findings from my research on personalisation at a research workshop about Retail and Marketing. In fact, I joined four face-to-face research events, this month. These were not only insightful and inspirational, but were also a great opportunity to meet, in person, with colleagues and friends. [As I am writing this post, I am attending my goddaughter’s high school graduation, remotely, via live streaming – and I am ever so grateful for the ability to do so. But, boy, am I happy with the return to face-to-face events!].

I also made a little bit of progress on the AI research grant proposal, but it is still far from submission. Oh, and I reviewed a grant for the research board of Austria, and I did an interview for somebody else’s research project.

As far as writing is concerned, I did some planning for a paper about apps. I also did some progress on the gender and money paper, but it is far from finished. And I did some tidying up on the revisions for the food-waste paper – but minor. Truth be told, my co-author, Danae, did 99% of the work, there. On the other side of the coin, I reviewed a paper for a journal, and processed two papers as an Associate Editor for a journal.

On the teaching front, I had marking, plus marking-related paperwork. I had various meetings with dissertation students to define scope of their studies, formulate research questions, and get started on literature reviews. I also met with two of my PhD students and interviewed two PhD candidates. Moreover, I did some prep for the teaching that I am doing in June.

June should be good. There are things and people to celebrate. And, hopefully, I can finally wrap up one of the things I have been working on.

What’s in store for you, this June?

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