“Gender and Money” project – Results released

This spring, I have been working on a very interesting project examining how men and women are represented with money in visual media. In this project, supported by Starling Bank, my colleague Shireen Kanji and I examined 600 images collected from the UK’s leading image banks: Getty, iStock and Shutterstock. We embarked on this project … Continue reading “Gender and Money” project – Results released

[Miscellany] Three interesting podcast episodes

I want to share with you three interesting podcasts that I came across recently. Daniel Kahneman on noisy decision making, and the need for algorithms Sandra Peter interviews psychologist / behavioural economist and Noble prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, for the Sydney Business Insights podcast. He discusses his famous book, Thinking Fast and Slow. But, most … Continue reading [Miscellany] Three interesting podcast episodes

Day in the Life of an Academic #12: Spanners in the work

I had a request for another day in the life blog post. I usually try to pick up days that illustrate different facets of the life of an academic, to help others considering this profession visualise the type of work and experiences involved; and to connect with those interacting with academics (students, administrators, research partners...). … Continue reading Day in the Life of an Academic #12: Spanners in the work

[Miscellany] Students these days

Differences between generations Now and then, when I am talking with colleagues who have been teaching in the University environment for... some time (almost 20 years, like me), one of us will end up reminiscing about the “good old days” when we would do X or Y, which worked well with students. We will wonder … Continue reading [Miscellany] Students these days

Using machine learning to identify learners at risk, and develop targeted interventions

Education is linked to higher salaries, increased job satisfaction, and better health outcomes. It prepares learners to tackle complex societal problems and can address regional skills’ gaps. Thus, being able to identify leaners at risk of not progressing on their studies, or even dropping out of their courses, is of critical importance for the learners … Continue reading Using machine learning to identify learners at risk, and develop targeted interventions

April 2021 round-up

This month has a taste of fresh start, for me. The teen went back to university; the kiddo went back to class teaching (even if it was delayed because of a false positive Covid rapid test result); the lockdown restrictions started easing; the husband received a fantastic job offer; and I had my first Covid … Continue reading April 2021 round-up

Using online texts as sources of data in research

Even since I came across the blog post from Helen Kara, arguing that “researchers should make as much use of secondary data as possible before we even think about gathering any primary data”, that I have been looking for new opportunities to use pre-existing online data to complement, or even replace, fresh data collection efforts. … Continue reading Using online texts as sources of data in research

[Miscellany] Apple vs ad tracking industry, Online attention crisis, and eating out trends

I am getting the first part of my Covid-19 vaccine on Friday*. I heard that some people feel unwell a few hours later - so, I booked it for Friday morning, and cleared my diary for Friday afternoon and Saturday. I can't stop marvelling at how quickly scientists have come up with a vaccine for … Continue reading [Miscellany] Apple vs ad tracking industry, Online attention crisis, and eating out trends

The cultivation of digital resignation

I read two things recently that made me think about the New Media & Society paper by Draper and Turow, entitled ‘The corporate cultivation of digital resignation’. In this paper, published in 2019, Nora A Draper and JosephTurow look at the role of companies in sustaining or, at least, amplifying the phenomenon of digital resignation. … Continue reading The cultivation of digital resignation

Miscellany: Webinar video, research news, and GOV.UK updates

I have put together a short blog post with some odds and ends that I have been meaning to share with you. Webinar video – How to improve the world on a small budget To start with, here is the video from the talk on “How to improve the world, on a small budget” that … Continue reading Miscellany: Webinar video, research news, and GOV.UK updates