Idea for a PhD

I’m quite tied up finishing the Masters in Research (MRes) at HighWire, before moving on to the PhD proper in September. I’m not sure… because there are issues with it… but I think I had an epiphany last night while lying in bed, an idea of how to organise my PhD arrived in my mind. This is good timing, particularly as I have to write a PhD proposal in the next few days, in order to meet the requirements of the MRes programme.

So, what was it? Well, it’s complicated. I’m actually using this post as a place-holder, to remind myself of the specifics of the idea, and I’ll fill in the blanks later. Broadly speaking, my idea is to:

  1. Define a broad area of interest (I’ll probably choose mass behavior change for a more sustainable future)
  2. Conduct lots of miniature experiments that will emerge throughout the length of the PhD exploring the area (each experiment will be distinct and unique, and will be arrived at using alternative design thinking)
  3. Document the entire process, probably using film

The aim of working like this is threefold. First, I want to do some exploratory innovative work that can help towards a real world, tangible, problem. Second, I’d like to operate quite freely, and do many small experiments, that may appear to be disparate, and individually not worthy of a PhD project. Third, I want to understand whether this method is a worthwhile way of working, and to communicate that.

I think it could work….. remains to be seen.