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What’s “early” about early career?

I have been increasingly asked to reflect upon who exactly is an “early career” person?  And why even is such a distinction necessary? As someone who currently identifies as an early career scholar and represents one such network (the Early Career Network of the International Association of...

Reflections on teaching in 2020

This blog post is based on a poll that we sent out a few weeks ago in which we asked our colleagues to describe their experiences teaching during the COVID pandemic. We asked them what worked and what didn’t. Below I’ll describe the results and my reactions to them, based on my own experiences...

We don’t need more frameworks

During our most recent episode with Frank van Laerhoven, we talked about the good that academics can do within the field of environmental governance. Frank expressed some concern about how much public benefit was being generated from his work, relative to maybe what could be. I have increasingly...

In defense of disagreement

I recently attended an in-person, outside and socially distanced of course, meeting with project collaborators.  Although it was fairly clear that the pandemic and six months of living in our own little social bubbles had taken a toll on our social skills, it was really nice to see people...

Meaning is a seven-letter word

In the Groundhog days of the privileged version of quarantine I am experiencing, I have been asking myself about what matters. I have been asking myself, what is the point of some of the writing I am doing? I have been pretty vocally critical for a long time of aspects of academia that feel self...