The Change Blog

I’m leaving academia. But, here are some reasons why I stayed.

On Monday 7th January 2019. I emailed my line managers to hand in my notice of resignation. From a permanent lecturing post. That I had held for a decade. That had been a ‘pinch me’ job.For a long time. Until it wasn’t.As readers of this blog will know, I took a prolonged period of sick…

What kind of human rights activist are you, anyway? And, what kind can you be?

My research has long been concerned with understanding the ways in which human rights have meaning for women in their daily lives. I’ve always been interested in drawing out the diverse ways in which women choose to engage or reject the language and tools of rights. I’ve also explored the diverse forms of activism and…

F.O.M.O. The psychic and professional costs of not attending events you organised, or presenting an accepted paper you wrote.

On the 8th November 2018, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, an event on representations of women and leadership in Politics in Scotland took place at the Glasgow Women’s Library. I co-organised this event and applied successfully for funding. This enabled female Modern Studies (a qualification in unique to Scotland blending politics,…

Un/masking: Coming Out as Chronically Ill. Part 1.

Why I finally stopped masking my chronic illness at work.This year, I finally ‘came out’ as chronically ill.  I'm currently, and hopefully, nearing the end of an extended period of sick leave. Pausing and stepping out of my work bubble taught me some important lessons about actually living with endometriosis rather than attempting to hide…