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The Knowledge Mill features PhD researchers and the work they do. Each episode is a longform conversation covering the guest's journey to doing a PhD, the nature of their PhD life, the ideas they're currently swimming in, and their non-academic passions. Hosted by Greg Joachim.

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The Knowledge Mill features PhD researchers and the work they do. Each episode is a longform conversation covering the guest's journey to doing a PhD, the nature of their PhD life, the ideas they're currently swimming in, and their non-academic passions. Hosted by Greg Joachim.

    008 // Claudia Speidel // The impact of cultural settings on sustainability narratives: Lessons learnt from Australia's Indian diaspora

    008 // Claudia Speidel // The impact of cultural settings on sustainability narratives: Lessons learnt from Australia's Indian diaspora

    Claudia Speidel is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney.
    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm008
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    Claudia Speidel is a marketing strategy consultant and educator. Through qualitative research methodologies, she draws on consumer insights to advise businesses in communication strategy, market positioning, and product development. She has extensive experience in cross-cultural communications throughout Europe and Australia, engaging with a wide range of industries including Fast Moving Consumer Goods, education, pharmaceuticals, and tourism. During her career, she participated in various multi-national communication campaigns and international product launches. Claudia has also worked as a business, marketing, and communication lecturer, developing and delivering subjects at a bachelor’s level.
    Originally from Germany, Claudia has lived in six countries and travelled the world for her work and studies. Each country move introduced her to a new culture and language that was not her own and taught her about the challenges and intricacies involved in cross-cultural communications. She often witnessed cultural and linguistic misunderstandings and/or missed opportunities to engage a culturally diverse audience because the messages were not sufficiently nuanced to resonate with specific collective sentiments. It was these migrant experiences and her liminal position between cultures and worldviews that sparked her interest in cultural identities and their impact on attitudes, values, and behaviour which is the focus of her PhD research at the UTS School of Communications. Claudia is currently investigating the impact of the Australian Indian diaspora’s cultural identity on their perceptions and preferences in sustainability.
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    This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded in my office at UTS on October 5, 2023.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    007 // Kristyn Maslog-Levis // The Missing Books in Children’s Literature in Australia: An Australian-Filipino Author’s Journey to Representation

    007 // Kristyn Maslog-Levis // The Missing Books in Children’s Literature in Australia: An Australian-Filipino Author’s Journey to Representation

    Kristyn Maslog-Levis is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney.
    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm007
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    Kristyn Maslog-Levis is a marketing and communications coordinator for a non-profit organisation, author, ghostwriter and former journalist. She has previously worked as a TV reporter in the Philippines and a radio broadcaster with SBS in Sydney, where she still occasionally does voice-overs. Several of her stories have landed in The New York Times and Al Jazeera.
    While working as a broadcast journalist in the Philippines, Kristyn covered bomb threats, rebel insurgencies, and political rivalries. She finished her masters degree in communication at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore under the ASEAN scholarship.
    Kristyn self-published two children’s picture books prior to the release of her first young adult novel, The Girl Between Two Worlds, with Anvil Publishing in 2016. Her second book, The Girl Between Light and Dark, and third book, The Search for Adarna, were released by the same publisher in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
    Kristyn is represented by Annabel Barker Literary Agency. She started her Doctor of Philosophy candidature in 2021 with the University of Technology Sydney for Creative Writing under the Australian Research Training Program, focusing on cultural diversity in children’s literature in Australia.
    Her thesis, The Missing Books in Children’s Literature in Australia: An Australian-Filipino Author’s Journey to Representation, is a creative and critical work that questions the limited opportunities given to children’s and young adult (CYA) authors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the traditional publishing industry in Australia. The thesis argues that CALD authors face barrier after barrier, first within their own personal circumstance, then from the wider community – as well as the barriers within traditional publishing houses. For CALD authors to have a chance of being represented in the CYA space, big changes are needed from the industry and its adjacent spaces.
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    This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded in my office at UTS on September 15, 2023.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    006 // Atul Joshi // Beyond trauma: Queering biography and finding joy

    006 // Atul Joshi // Beyond trauma: Queering biography and finding joy

    Atul Joshi is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney.
    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm006
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    A former classical musician, Atul Joshi is an arts and culture manager currently working for Bangarra Dance Theatre. In this capacity he has also worked for companies such as the State Theatre and State Opera of South Australia, Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Bundanon Trust in senior management roles. He has also led government funding programs at the former Australia Council (now Creative Australia) and City of Sydney.
    Born in Myanmar of Indian parents, Atul migrated to Australia as a child. Returning to his own creative life later in his career, he completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS in 2020. Since then he has been shortlisted for the Saturday Paper’s 2020 Donald Horne and the Newcastle Writers' Festival 2022 Fresh Ink Prizes, had short fiction published in The Big Issue, Westerly, Island, Seizure and Ricepaper Magazine, non-fiction in the Portside Review, Peril Magazine, Sydney Review of Books and Benjamin Law’s Growing up Queer in Australia. His interest in the representation of queer lives and in the possibilities of creative non-fiction and auto/biography led him to commence a PhD in creative writing at UTS focusing on queer memoir and biography.
    Atul and I share a passion for reading and writing, so our conversation came easily. I was especially intrigued by the manner in which his PhD project is being constructed around a creative component - quite different and, dare I say, a bit more intimate than completing a traditional thesis. I found it all very intriguing and I think you will, too.
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    This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded in my office at UTS on September 18, 2023.

    • 56 min
    005 // Ashleigh Marshall // Maximising opportunities for elite women athletes who need to suddenly transition to a new career

    005 // Ashleigh Marshall // Maximising opportunities for elite women athletes who need to suddenly transition to a new career

    Ashleigh Marshall is a PhD candidate at Victoria University in Melbourne.
    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm005
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    Ashleigh Marshall is a sport administrator, sport event professional, and qualitative researcher. Ashleigh’s PhD research at the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University focuses on how national sporting organisations can maximise opportunities for elite women athletes who need to suddenly transition to a second career. She was awarded the Amy Gillett Foundation Research Scholarship to undertake this research.
    Ashleigh has a passion for research that aims to benefit the sport industry, particularly in relation to opportunities for women and girls. She’s based in Brisbane, but enrolled in a university in Melbourne, so all aspects of her PhD have been completed online: coursework, meetings with supervisors and interviews with participants! In 2022 she won Victoria University’s “Visualise Your Thesis” competition; an international programme that challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second audio-visual explainer.
    Ashleigh has worked at state and national sporting organisations in Australia as well as the federal agency for sport, the Australia Sports Commission. She completed her undergraduate studies - a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Sports Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement Science - at the University of Queensland, but travelled to Greece for her master’s degree. There, she completed a Master of Science in Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, and the Management and Organisation of Olympic Events. This degree is organised and awarded jointly by the University of Peloponnese and the International Olympic Academy (IOA). The IOA premises are located in Ancient Olympia, just ‘down the road’ from the Ancient Olympic Stadium.
    Ashleigh is passionate about women and girls’ participation in sport. She coaches both netball and badminton to girls aged 12-18, and teaches swimming to children aged from 3 onwards. She likes to keep physically active herself and swims 2km most days.
    Ashleigh and I spoke after the final day of the 2022 Conference of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand - a.k.a., SMAANZ. We met for the first time only a few days before, and immediately discovered we were good at making each other laugh. Because I can't help myself, I've included an 'outtake' of these shenanigans at the start of the episode that will surely put a smile on your face. At the time of the podcast recording, Ashleigh was a second year PhD candidate. Presently, she’s a third year PhD candidate and is working toward submitting her thesis within the next six months.
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    This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded on December 2, 2022 on the campus of Swinburne University of Technology during the 28th Annual SMAANZ Conference.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    004 // Linden Moore // Ambassadorship in Women and Girls' Sport: The Case of Women's Basketball in New Zealand

    004 // Linden Moore // Ambassadorship in Women and Girls' Sport: The Case of Women's Basketball in New Zealand

    Linden Moore is a PhD candidate at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.
    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm004
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    Linden Moore's research sits at the intersection of women's sport and marketing. She's currently working on a funded PhD research project that looks at the role of individuals in community sport as ambassadors and their role in marketing sport - basketball in particular - to participants at the grassroots level. Her research was inspired by a passion for storytelling and a motivation to help tell the stories of female athletes from around the world.
    Linden's background primarily sits in the marketing and communication fields. She's gained experience in both of these fields through internship opportunities whilst pursuing her B.A. in Journalism and PR at the University of Oregon, and Masters in Sports Business at New York University. Her previous experience includes serving as a Brands and Properties Intern for the Wasserman Media Group in New York City, where she helped create and execute marketing ideas as a member of the AT&T account for work with partners such as the WNBA and American Film Institute Festival. Her experience also includes marketing and communications for the TrackTown USA organisation in Eugene, Oregon, and as a member of a team of marketing consultants for Devin Booker of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Outside of research she runs the @nz_nbl_girl brand, which is dedicated to promoting women's basketball in New Zealand and around the world. Linden aims to bring a mix of knowledge about marketing, research and storytelling combined with a global perspective to projects that she tackles.
    Linden and I spoke after the first full day of the 2022 Conference of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand - a.k.a., SMAANZ. While we first made contact on Twitter (and wouldn't you know it, we discuss academic Twitter in this episode), we only met each other for the first time in person the previous day. We share an interest in women's sport and the promotion thereof, so the conversation came easily. I hope you enjoy it.
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    This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded on December 1, 2022 on the campus of Swinburne University of Technology during the 28th Annual SMAANZ Conference.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    003 // Paul Bowell // Women Australian Rules footballers' subjective experiences of digital self-tracking

    003 // Paul Bowell // Women Australian Rules footballers' subjective experiences of digital self-tracking

    Paul Bowell is a PhD candidate within the Sport Innovation Research Group at Swinburne University of Technology.
    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm3
    Paul’s research project seeks to understand how women Australian Rules footballers affectively experience digital self-tracking, and what impacts these interactions have on the player’s construction of selfhood, identity-making, and body as athletes. With these insights he aims to develop a framework that empowers women footballers to maximise their performance through digital self-tracking, while promoting positive self-image and women athletes’ identity.
    Paul obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours specialising in sociology from The Australian National University. Paul’s Honours project, in which he achieved First-Class Honours, investigated the compliance processes of employees who were digitally self-tracked in their workplace. As an undergraduate Paul was awarded a New Colombo Plan scholarship that allowed him to participate in an ethnographic field school in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG). During the ethnographic field school in PNG Paul conducted fieldwork activities including interviews, survey taking, and social and participant observations focused on the social restrictions of cash cropping. Paul has also worked at Deakin and La Trobe Universities lecturing and tutoring first and second year undergraduate sociology and sports management units. Paul is also a board member for the Sports Innovation Research Group advisory board. A position he has held since May 2022.
    Paul and I spoke after the first day of the 2022 Conference of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand – a.k.a., SMAANZ. I had only met Paul that same day, and yet we easily fell into a wide-ranging conversation about his academic journey and women’s sport. Two days later, Paul won the 2022 SMAANZ three-minute thesis award. Did our chat spur him to victory? Some things are not for us to know.

    This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded on November 30, 2022 on the campus of Swinburne University of Technology during the 28th Annual SMAANZ Conference.

    • 1 hr 19 min

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