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Has Alexandra Elbakyan changed the academic publishing world?

Has Alexandra Elbakyan changed the academic publishing world?

Two years ago, writer Simon Oxenham at Big Think broke the story of Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan dubbed the...

Tackling affordable rental housing in studio

Tackling affordable rental housing in studio

It’s fall, which means that my fourth year undergraduate planning studio at Dalhousie University’s School of Planning is working on...

The transition from PhD to professor has never been more difficult

The transition from PhD to professor has never been more difficult

Last September, I took a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. Even though the position...

On the Visiting Professor gig

On the Visiting Professor gig

When I received an offer from the University of Oregon to become a visiting assistant professor this fall, I decided...

Canadian postdocs: highly skilled workers with few benefits

Canadian postdocs: highly skilled workers with few benefits

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars has recently published a report on the state of the estimated 9,000 postdocs in...

The problems with academic publishing: Part 3

The problems with academic publishing: Part 3

My last two posts have presented some of the problems with the peer-reviewed publishing process that young researchers in urban...

The problems with academic publishing: Part 2

The problems with academic publishing: Part 2

In my last post, I discussed some of the problems with the North American publishing model as it applies to...

The problems with academic publishing: Part 1

The problems with academic publishing: Part 1

The main purpose of a scholarly journal is to report on original research or experimentation in order to make such...

A crack in the armour? Or a knight in armour?

A crack in the armour? Or a knight in armour?

Many have argued for broader public access to academic research. Few, however, considered it as important as internet activist Aaron Swartz....

Symbiotic exchange

Symbiotic exchange

Researchers are often accused of working in “ivory towers” separated from the real world. Perhaps planning suffers less from this...

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