What I’ve been up to…

Following some productive meetings with my supervisor, I’ve been working on several things:

  • installing and starting to use Zotero for citation management
  • obtaining texts which my supervisor has recommended
  • drafting a paper for my seminar class
  • finalizing the process of obtaining credits for previous work/teaching experience
  • using an array of software tools to map out and probe my research question

… and much more!

Looking forward to curling up with the items on my reading list over Christmas. Happy holidays!


Planning first research question workshop

My primary supervisor is Chris Csikszentmihalyi, ERA Chair and Scientific Director of Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute. At M-ITI, I’ll be organizing a small workshop (which was initially just going to be for me) around working through the strong and weak points of my research question, and structuring my literature review.

I’m opening this workshop up now to anyone, and will post pics from the session when it happens. In the meantime I’m diving into reading and looking forward to a tour of Madeira that is being organized for us new PhD students!


Abstract and bibliography

Here is an abstract of my current proposal and draft bibliography.

Abstract: Innovation in Extreme Scenarios

My research will investigate the instrumentalization of the digital media industries as a state tool for economic growth as articulated within current European Union innovation policies. Insights into how innovation happens in practice (obtained from field study and literature review) will be compared and contrasted with the actual implementation of evolving EU policy. Highlighted in my research will be the particular role that digital media and high tech creative companies play in the emergence of social innovation.


Bauman, Z. (2013). Liquid times: Living in an age of uncertainty. Polity.

Berkun, S. (2010). The myths of innovation. O’Reilly Media, Inc..

Bernstein, P. L. (1996). Against the gods: The remarkable story of risk. New York: Wiley.

Caves, R. E. (2000). Creative industries: Contracts between art and commerce (No. 20).

Cunningham, S. D. (2002). From cultural to creative industries: Theory, industry, and policy implications. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, (102), 54-65.

Deborah, G. (2012). The social construction of technological systems: New directions in the sociology and history of technology. MIT Press (MA).

Flew, T. (2011). The creative industries: culture and policy. Sage.

Gielen, P. (2013). Creativity and Other Fundamentalisms. Mondriaan Fund.

Horizon 2020, (2014). What is Horizon 2020?. [online] Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020 [Accessed 13 Sep. 2014].

Lessing, L. (2001). The Architecture of Innovation. Duke LJ51.

Liuhto, K. (2010). Rosnano and Skolkovo are Russia’s best innovation promoting measures, but they are not enough to modernise Russia as a whole. Edited by Eini Laaksonen.

MacKenzie, D., & Wajcman, J. (1999). The social shaping of technology. Open University Press.

McKenzie, J. (2001). Perform or else: From discipline to performance. Routledge.

Micallef, S. (2014). The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class, and the Pursuit of Leisure. Coach House Books.

E.C. Martins, F. Terblanche (2003). Building organisational culture that stimulates creativity and innovation. European Journal of Innovation Management. (6:1, 64-74)

Mumford, L. (2000). Art and technics. Columbia University Press.

Saal, Harry J. Personal interview. October 11, 2011.

Taleb, N. (2012). Anti-fragile: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand. Allen Lane.

Turkle, S. (2008). Always-on/always-on-you: The tethered self. Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, James E. Katz (ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (P. 121-137)

Verhagen, M. (2011) To the Top: Towards a New Enterprise Policy. Retrieved from: http://www.government.nl/ministries/ez/documents-and-publications/parliamentary-documents/2011/02/04/to-the-top-towards-a-new-enterprise-policy.html


Welcome to my research blog

I intend to use this space as my research blog, to dump interesting content that I wish to look at later, and make (mostly) notes to myself.

If you’re interested in who I am, there is a lot out there on the web already! You can check out my personal website, my profile on Academia.edu, my LinkedIn profile, my Twitter feed, and my Instagram feed.