The Comfort Pursuit

Month in review: June 2017

MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo). Image used under CC 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

This is a rather belated post, but these monthly reviews are addictive and I feel like I need to somehow summarise and get the big picture of what has actually happened last month (or not!). June was a difficult month when I lost my 15 year old dog Lina Bo Bardi (structurally designed as MASP – on the right -, she was a Dachshund!). Lina was a best friend since I was an undergraduate student and knowing she won’t be jumping around the next time I arrive home, made me want to jump in the first plane and go back to my home country. But coming back to real life, here is what happened in the professional space.

 

Research

I have contacted, scheduled, and undertaken several skype and phone interviews for a research entitled ‘Urban Climate Adaptation Strategies in New Zealand’. This took quite a big chunk of my research time in June, but I think I am reaching the number of interviewees I need.

As I mentioned in the May monthly review, I have recently come across Sascha Roesler and Madlen Kobi’s work. This month I had a skype chat with them and will work on a book chapter contribution to an upcoming volume they are organising.

Finally, I worked and made available online a research questionnaire for another research project entitled ‘Economic benefits of urban comfort’. Unfortunately I misunderstood the Human Ethics process at JCU and the questionnaire had to be closed for a little while, and more work on ethics had to be done (the questionnaire is now open and available here).

 

Writing

I finished my role as guest editor for the Landscape Review Journal special issue on grey and green infrastructure, which has been an outcome of the SoLA Symposium organised in 2016. This special issue is coming up later on this year.

I also prepared an abstract and survey for a research paper to be submitted to the On Sustainability conference in Cairns in January 2018, and another abstract to the International Urban Design Conference.

The last bit was the final review of two papers for Environment and Planning B and Landscape Review, gone now and hopefully will be accepted for publication soon!

 

Teaching

I have been granted funds for a project to develop methodologies for delivering studio-based subjects across campuses, as JCU is based both in Cairns and Townsville. This month I purchased the equipment required. Hopefully it will arrive soon so I can start developing ways of using technology to teach design: Challenging!

I also marked an honours thesis.

 

Learning

June day 1 was taken by a full day workshop on advisory training. I should admit that I haven’t stopped during the month to actually do the assignment required to complete the workshop requirements. This will have to be a July task.

I also briefly attended the ‘Rethinking Development Pedagogy and Practice’ Symposium at JCU. This is not my research or teaching area, but it was great to see the work of my colleagues.

 

Some of the things that happened in June feel so long ago now that I actually thought they’ve happened earlier in the year. It is good, however, to realise that some important moves happened last month, although it doesn’t feel like a highly productive research month. I use a system to track my research time (a combination of Cal Newport’s description of his system in Deep Work and Wendy Laura Belcher’s tracking tips in Writing Your Journal Article In Twelve Weeks) and June was far below the average. Let’s hope that July keeps the numbers up!

2 thoughts on “Month in review: June 2017”

  1. I am so sorry to hear about the death of your dog. Pets can love so unconditionally that they really leave a hole when they leave us. Best wishes for July.

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