Why Not Film Your PhD Research?

Filming research gives researchers the opportunity to democratise access to their work, as well as to promote it in the academic market. In this blog entry, FERSA interviews Dr Mona Jebril about her experience in turning from MonaR (the researcher) to MonaF (the filmmaker), and what advice she would give for those who are interested in filming their research.


Making Research Accessible Through Animation

In 1976 the Union of Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS) launched their manifesto which stated “nothing about us without us.” This kick-started the disability movement in the United Kingdom and contributed to the development of the social model of disability. Mike Oliver (2002, p.14), one of the pioneers of the social model of disability, argued that, epistemologically, research must reject the notion that is investigating the world; rather it should replace it with an understanding that “research produces the world.”In testament to this and the disability movement, the most important things to me as I go through my PhD is ensuring…

The Paths to the Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is an interdisciplinary research environment, with scholars approaching Education from the perspectives of Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, History, Economics and Literature. This makes for many interesting and stimulating discussions and collaborations across disciplinary boundaries. As doctoral researchers, we have diverse study and working experiences, but have all found our individual paths to the Faculty of Education. Elisa, for instance, has a background in Educational Psychology and came to Cambridge because she was interested in developing a PhD project on teacher learning. Aline, on the other hand, worked in publishing for several years before she decided that she…