A Capital On the Highlands

Tweet Canberra, by Brendan Ashton on Flickr On Wednesday March 1, 1899, the town of Bowral and it’s neighbours in the Southern Highlands joined other contenders hoping to become Australia’s capital city. Moss Vale-based newspaper The Scrutineer records that “there was fairly good attendance, between 40 and 50 gentlemen being present, including residents of Mittagong, Bowral, ...

Moving from Scrivener to Google Docs for Thesis Writing

Moving from Scrivener to Google Docs for Thesis Writing
Tweet I’ve largely been using the very excellent Scrivener for my PhD thesis writing over the last few years. It’s a tool that makes a lot of sense for many types of workflows, including mine up until this point. Tweet

Performing #Bowral on Instagram

Performing #Bowral on Instagram
Tweet One of the methods pursued in my PhD research is an analysis of how the case studies are performed or constructed by users on Instagram. To do this, I sampled the hashtags #Wollongong, #Wollondilly and #Bowral from Instagram on selected days. Some quick stats: #Wollondilly #Wollongong #Bowral No. Posts 100 176 118 Total Tags 1385 ...

A PhD Post to Keep Me on Track

A PhD Post to Keep Me on Track
Tweet It’s been some time since I’ve written about my PhD – I’ve been far to busy actually writing it instead (and teaching). In that time, the whole concept has shifted quite a bit – somewhat under its own weight and somewhat due to my own interests. This is a ‘catch-up’ post, partly to keep ...

One Year Thyroid Free

One Year Thyroid Free
Tweet May 1 is something of an anniversary for me – it’s a year today since my thyroid and the tumour attached to it were removed. So, what’s changed? What’s happened? What did I learn in that time? Perhaps just as importantly, what has stayed the same? I’ll start with a change. A colleague and ...

PhD Pathways

Tweet Given my experiences of the last year, and my impending wedding, I’ve started to wonder whether staying enrolled in my PhD as a full-time student and part-time worker is the best option for my stage of life. You need to fit these things to your life, and it might be right for me to ...

Digital democracy lets you write your own laws

Tweet This article was originally published at The Conversation. By Mark D. Ryan, University of Birmingham and Gurchetan S. Grewal, University of Birmingham True democracy is not just about casting a vote every five years. It means citizens being fully involved in the proposal, development and creation of laws. The Commission on Digital Democracy currently ...

Open Data Does Not Necessarily Mean Open Government

Tweet I’m republishing this piece from The Conversation because I’m interested in these issues and it has some resonance for the way I approach my work on local governments. Tweet

An Introduction to Participatory Media and Local Governments 4

Tweet This is an extract from my PhD research proposal review, submitted and approved in September 2013. As this is an introduction to a proposal, it is exploratory and sometimes vague. It does not contain all information and data I have collected on a particular point to the moment of writing, nor does it claim ...

Local e-Government vs Local e-Democracy

Tweet I’ve been thinking and writing about these two terms a bit recently as I work through my preliminary PhD research. The term e-government is largely used in an organisational context. That is, it describes the strategies used to arrange governments to respond to the possibilities and perceived challenges that digital communications tools pose. Meanwhile, ...