PhD advice, Study advice

5 tips for preparing your Overseas Institutional Visit application

This is the first of three blog posts discussing my experience of undertaking an Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) during the final year of my PhD. I undertook a two week visit to National University of Ireland, Galway in November – December 2018. For me the OIV was a fantastic opportunity and very beneficial. I will… Continue reading 5 tips for preparing your Overseas Institutional Visit application

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renewable energy in society

Energy policy as a catalyst for political reform, a case study of the Renewable Heat Incentive in Northern Ireland

This slightly longer post will discuss the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Northern Ireland as a case study that highlights the potential widespread negative impacts of a flawed energy policy. The RHI demonstrates the potential social, economic and political implications of an energy policy that has the capacity to be abused. Flaws in the design… Continue reading Energy policy as a catalyst for political reform, a case study of the Renewable Heat Incentive in Northern Ireland

Sustainable Planning

Can’t afford a house, how about half a house?

I recently attended an interesting talk by Jette Sandahl. During her presentation she mentioned the concept of half houses, where a family could purchase a plot of land containing half a built house with the ability to complete the build themselves. This was the first time I had heard of this concept so I was… Continue reading Can’t afford a house, how about half a house?

Study advice

The work, study, life triangle: 10 tips for succeeding in your part time masters degree while working.

As I approach my graduation I thought it would be useful to pass on some advice from my experience of completing a part time masters degree while working full time as a town planner. This advice is tailored to those doing a degree and job in the same field, however most principles can be applied… Continue reading The work, study, life triangle: 10 tips for succeeding in your part time masters degree while working.

renewable energy in society, Sustainable Planning

Renewable energy transforming society: Bus shelters

This is my first post in a collection that will document examples of how renewable energy can be incorporated into our everyday lifestyles and facilitate our move towards a low carbon society. Here in the UK waiting at a bus stop is not a very enjoyable experience, particularly if it’s cold or dark. However a… Continue reading Renewable energy transforming society: Bus shelters