To uncover a truly global security perspective, scholars should detach themselves from the parochial boundaries of the Western academic discipline of IR and look to the international realm more broadly for approaches that may not necessarily look like orthodox (Western) theory.
We must simultaneously unlearn what we’ve been told are universal ‘facts’: and walk with, engage with, and learn from situated approaches to not only peacebuilding but political phenomena in general.
When I started my PhD, I decided to create an ongoing note on my phone to document my reflections on navigating academic life and things I've learned. Here they are.
Spice up your relationship with your previous achievements, give them some TLC, tell them you’re thinking of them. Sometimes your greatest success is behind you.
I thought that if I was visibly tired, busy and over-worked then that would somehow justify the importance of my work to the external observer. But taking time for yourself isn't a sign of weakness.
If you get comments from people doing "real" 9-5 office jobs in "The City" about how you're "putting off life" by doing a PhD, you're not alone.
After I started my PhD, I realised that it’s okay to admit you haven’t heard of X concept or X canonical text. This may sound obvious, but it wasn’t to me until I sat in my first PhD working group.