I wrote a post last week about getting a PhD when you have a career aim other than being a professor. It generated a lot of interest, which is great! However, I sort of left the last post with "you need some luck to pull this off" so I wanted to follow up in more … Continue reading After the PhD: Where to go if you don’t want to be a professor
Author: Charles Martin-Shields
Getting a PhD without wanting to be a professor: reflections on a fun but sometimes awkward career path
I've had a number of masters students and junior colleagues ask recently about the idea of doing a PhD without the explicit aim of going into the academy and becoming a professor. I've gotten the question "how and why did you do this?" enough times in the last few months that I thought it'd be … Continue reading Getting a PhD without wanting to be a professor: reflections on a fun but sometimes awkward career path
New Article: “Do Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) Support Self-Reliance among Urban Refugees? Evidence from Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia”
My colleague Katrina Munir-Asen and I have a new article out in International Migration Review! It is open access, so anyone with the link can read the whole thing. We deeply appreciate the collegiality and collaboration of the different refugee communities in Kuala Lumpur and Penang who participated in interviews, invited us into community centers … Continue reading New Article: “Do Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) Support Self-Reliance among Urban Refugees? Evidence from Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia”
Just a quick update in case Twitter crashes or burns to the ground, you can find me on Mastodon at @firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be doing there what I have been doing on Twitter, mostly posting about development cooperation, research, academia, and occasionally fashion. As long as Twitter is up, my handle there will also be running, … Continue reading Mastodon
Organizing an ISA panel! Title: “Technology and Humanitarian Geography: Mapping, Sensing, and Social Media
My colleague Ziad Al Achkar and I are organizing a panel for the International Studies Association meeting in 2023 in Montreal! We've mentioned this panel a few times on Twitter, and would love to have 1-2 more papers on the panel. Here's the panel abstract: "This panel explores the roles that digital mapping, remote sensing, … Continue reading Organizing an ISA panel! Title: “Technology and Humanitarian Geography: Mapping, Sensing, and Social Media
Two new articles!
I have two new articles that have come out in the last two months! Both are focused on urban migrants. For those who are interested in how urban migrants use the internet and e-government, check out this article with my colleagues Sonia Camacho, Rodrigo Taborda, and Constantin Ruhe: Digitalization and e-government in the lives of … Continue reading Two new articles!
Interview in Welt-Sichten on American development policy
If you read German, I shared some of my thoughts on the future of American development policy under an incoming Biden administration in the German magazine Welt-Sichten!
The U.S. Elections and Development Policy
I was invited to write a short column (in German) for the Frankfurter Rundschau on what the outcome of the U.S. election tomorrow could mean for development policy - the long and short of it is that Trump and Biden will take radically different approaches to engaging in global development. For those who would like … Continue reading The U.S. Elections and Development Policy
T20 Policy Brief: Digitalization and Forced Displacement
I have a new policy brief that has been published as part of the T20 process, in which think tanks from the G20 member states draw on scientific research to provide policy recommendations to the leaders during the G20 summit. My brief summarizes the practical implications of my research over the last few years on … Continue reading T20 Policy Brief: Digitalization and Forced Displacement
Working paper: Information and communication technology in the lives of forcibly displaced persons in Kenya
I have a new GDI/DIE Discussion Paper out, co-authored with my team members from last year's graduate course! It's an overview of activities with some top line recommendations for practitioners - there will be more publications that go deeper into the data and sites later this year.