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The future of PhD students in Italian academia. What does it look like?

Guest authors: Enzo Falco (GSSI Cities, Gran Sasso Science Institute) and Alessandro Rinaldi (PhD in Territorial and Urban Planning, Sapienza, University of Rome). Abstract: The academic future of PhD students in Italy looks uncertain. Job opportunities are few and tenured faculty staff … Continue reading

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Conference costs and academic divides

In March 2014, in Gothenburg, during our VIII conference, the Coordination Team of the YAs had a pleasing and stimulating meeting with Rob Atkinson, founder of Urban Research and Practice. At that time, we were launching our journal plaNext (whose … Continue reading

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The Journal of Universal Rejection exists!

Disclaimer: this is not the most serious post ever published in this blog. Not at all. This is something I did not know about. And when I got to know, I thought it was a nice gift, for the beginning of … Continue reading

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Publish AND perish?

Today I stumbled upon this sad news (I’d like to thank Cristiana Bastos for sharing it), which I felt impelled to share, because it is a sign, even if just one sign, of something wrong with academe, today. Stefan Grimm was … Continue reading

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More socialism for post-socialist urbanisations?

By Irina Paraschivoiu (LSE) & Fabian Wenner (LSE) After the demise of socialism in the 1990s, many Eastern European and Asian states saw a wave of privatisation of formerly public services and assets, from social housing to land itself. Planning, as … Continue reading

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How to Prepare to the Viva, Tips to Do Before and After

Guest author: Basak Tanulku In this piece, I want to provide tips about what to do before, during and after your viva. The viva examination can be regarded as the last step in a long journey to finish the PhD … Continue reading

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Impact Factor (mania?)

Today, I would like to share some resources in order to bring to debate one of the mantra of contemporary academe, the Impact Factor (IF). The IF of a journal is «the average number of citations received per paper published … Continue reading

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