study from Yorkshire and the Humber, UK The inspiration: "Towards the end of the 20th century, and thanks to the private automobile, a simple worker could live in one place but carry out their work, daily, 50–60 km away. This fact, which for the citizen formed part of their everyday routine, constitutes, with- out doubt, one of the greatest enigmas of Anthropology and His- tory (Ardillo, 2011)."
isolate yourself to academic publishing alone • Don't sacrifice the present for the future • Do try to 'engage' with non-academics • Do be prepared to go back to basics • Do aim to publish in a wide range of places
never 'made it' On the other, you have already made it! > You are in a priveledged position Use your position to persue your interests NOW Don't think "I'll get to this stage and THEN" write about what I'm interested in
is that it's too disconnected from the 'real world' • Seek-out non-academic contacts and collaborators • Communicate exist work to new audiences • Direct the research question towards REAL problems, e.g. – How can we live without burning fossil fuels? – How can evidence better be used in policy? • Make it enjoyable to read!
be very useful • Be honest about the implications of your research for the 'big picture' • Don't be afraid to 'start over' • Many people in other areas related to your field that would be interested in review-type articles
be interested in your work, but not necessarily knowledgeable • Write for local newspapers • Don't rely on your personal blog/site - you'd have to be arrogant. Contribute to 'meta-blogs' instead • Write to policy makers/politicians about how you think your work is relevant and important
is a little restrictive • Problematic for very large or complex documents • Alternatives: – LaTeX, my thesis + academic papers are written in it! – HTLM, markdown, other online formats http://rpubs.com/RobinLovelace/11931 • Go open source: it's the future!
in the wider context Identify the most appropriate channel for communicating your research to the public Write a 'public engagement' type articles Create a publications plan with timeline Have positive motivation Don't waste time