I have moved. Again. In the middle of August I traded up from my one-room to a two-room apartment, moving for about the 20th time in 9 years. But…there is one big difference: I could be here a while.
For the first time in my life, I have my own apartment and my own contract and I went all out and bought new furniture. It was a new experience but it went pretty well. Take a look:
As I write this post it’s exactly one month before I officially start as a PhD student. At this point I have been accepted and my contract is signed, but I haven’t started yet because my supervisor and I decided that I would finish my year-long contract as a research assistant. The academic year starts at the end of August we could make other arrangements since I’m the only new student at my department this year.
What will I be studying? Here’s my best attempt at a short answer. Officially I’m a student in Technology and Social Change—that’s the name of my department. The goal of my project is to study how information technology is used in infrastructure in Swedish cities, given that IT is used more and more and this likely influences the way that people and infrastructure interact.
That description leaves lots of room for questions: what type of infrastructure? (electricity, roads, public transportation…?) What cities do I compare? I don’t know that yet because it’s part of my project to find out what to study more specifically. It’s not clear how long that will take, but hopefully I’ll have something more concrete to work from in the spring.
Even though the official start is still a month away I’ve been able to do a few things already. Some seminars and meetings and, more importantly, at trip to London, England to visit the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference. Here are my pictures from that trip:
If this blog were any indication then you might assume that I took an early summer vacation right after Easter. Not quite—lots has happened in that time. I spent a couple months in the spring hoping for some good news on the job front…and since then I’ve just been lazy and disorganized.
What was that about a job? I realized quite soon after last fall that research seems to fit me well and that I like my department in Linköping. A job came up; I got it. I will be doing a PhD here! That means that I’ll be living in Sweden for another four of five years. Fortunately the working conditions for PhD students in Sweden are great, with full time pay including vacation, so you don’t have to think of me of a starving student anymore.
(For more about my research, look forward to a future blog post. Really, I promise. For real time time.)
What else have I forgotten to blog about in the last while?
In early June (just a few days after getting the good news about the PhD position) I went to the ECEEE 2013 Summer Study with a group of people from work. It was a tough week in the south of France:
Then I was home for a few weeks, including a week in Vancouver:
Last week I moved into a new apartment. There’s still too much junk on the floor to do a full apartment tour…but here’s a sneak peek:
Next up: another conference. Even though I’m not officially a PhD student yet, I’m getting a head start by visiting the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference in London, England this week. I will have more to say about that when I get back.
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