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The pain, the pain

I should have written “I’m done!”nearly three years ago. I couldn’t face it. Finishing my PhD was soul-destroying. I had several changes in supervision* and a sizeable disagreement with my incoming supervisors about the work I had already produced, which … Continue reading

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I’m done!

I finished my PhD. It was quite a while ago now. You can download a pdf here, or via the University of Southampton. In short, I found that volunteering was associated with a small, positive effect on political activity. However, … Continue reading

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A sense of dignity

I went to hear Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy) give a lecture on relative poverty and social inquality tonight.  It’s part of a piece of work he’s doing for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The JRF is bringing together academic ideas … Continue reading

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Mystery

I spoke yesterday at the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference about the first paper of my PhD. I finally answered the question I asked two years ago in this post: http://www.confoundingfactor.org/archives/145 For those who are interested, the answer is: the … Continue reading

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The tax payer buys some data. Now who owns it? A private research company.

It turns out that when the Government commissions research (including data collection) from a private research company, it is not standard practice to require, as part of the contract, that the data is later placed in the UK Data Archive.  … Continue reading

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Infant feeding again. And peer reviewed journals again. Resulting in an overlong post. Again.

According to the Guardian (and the Daily Mail, Channel 4 News etc etc) we’ve learned that babies fed on demand ‘do better at school’.  This makes me sound smug but I learned this a year ago when the first author, … Continue reading

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