I’m Fatima, a PhD Student with the Urban Studies and Planning department at the University of Sheffield. My research focusses on public engagement in water utilities and how this is engineered towards motivating collective action to tackle uncertainties related to climate change such as increasing water demand and water scarcity as well as issues of ageing infrastructure and financial constraints faced by water utilities. This research study is funded by The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in collaboration with The International Water Association (IWA).
I decided to start blogging because there are several thoughts in my head that would not necessarily make it into my thesis. Hence, there is a need to have a repository for them but more importantly, I have quickly come to the realization that this PhD programme in itself is not to produce one definite product or outcome – the thesis, it’s more of a marker for the beginning of a journey where I like to think that I acquired my third eye. With this, I am becoming better positioned to understand the bigger picture – life in itself. These and much more, I’d like to share with you!
Writing posts for this blog is my responsibility. Given my reason for blogging, I will be writing in three main categories: (1) Research Project – discussions around the subject of my research; (2) Research Experience – discussions around my academic and non-academic experience during my doctoral years; and (3) Water Insight– discussions within the wider context of water – water issues, water opportunities, and the water sector. In addition, there is a possibility that I will feature guest writers occasionally. A fourth category will therefore be for Guest Writing – featuring colleagues who may volunteer to write for my blog, on subjects relating to my three main categories.
I support engagement – this is quite obvious from my research focus! Therefore, I encourage you to follow this blog to receive regular updates. You can contact me by filling the Contact form on the blog or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on twitter: @theadaptivesci.
Equally, I encourage you to get involved in discussions on here. Please feel free to also leave comments, feedback and constructive criticisms. These will be appreciated.
I hope we all enjoy the writings on this wall. Thank you.