I am a contributor to the Children’s Media Foundation research blog. My latest post thinks about traditional approaches to child development in the context of research about TV.
Following a busy start to 2016, 2015 now seems like another lifetime. However, having been asked to write a reflection on my travels for my grant awarders at the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre has jogged a lot of happy memories of my time ‘Down Under’.
My trip to Australia came at exactly the right time in my PhD journey. I had been extremely busy with data collection and teaching. I actually spent the day before my flight with one of my wonderful research families, rather than packing my oversized suitcase (a constant companion on my trip and affectionately nicknamed ‘Big Yella’).
I was delighted that my ESRC-funded trip to Oz afforded me the opportunity to attend the very first Early Start Conference at The University of Wollongong‘s new $44M Early Start research, teaching and community engagement facility. The conference’s friendly, mixed delegate population of academics, practitioners and students certainly seemd to reflect the centre’s aspiration to engage and influence at a broader level.
Twenty-four hours after leaving the UK, I finally arrived in sunny Melbourne on Sunday. I’m excited to be starting my ESRC-funded Overseas Institutional Visit as Visiting Scholar at ACU, Melbourne on Monday. My downtime has, however, afforded me the opportunity to indulge in one of my own very earliest TV passions, with a visit to the Neighbours Studio and the hallowed ground of Ramsay Street itself (or Pin Oak Court for those sticklers for the truth out there)!
Like me, Neighbours made its debut in 1985 and it has pretty much been present in my life ever since. Continue reading “Welcome to Australia!”