CCRI Postgraduate Podcast

Today sees the launch of the second Podcast from the CCRI. Hosted by Daniel Keech (CCRI Postgraduate lead), ‘Doctoral Dialogues‘ features PhD students Annie Buckle and Josh Davis.

As with the previous episode, this was recorded at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park campus by L5 Journalism students. In this episode, we hear from second-year PhD students Josh Davis and Annie Buckle. Tune in for an exclusive overview of the challenges and triumphs of pursuing doctoral research at CCRI – alongside the sage wisdom of senior research fellow (and CCRI postgraduate research lead) Daniel Keech. From navigating the intricacies of data analysis to finding inspiration in unexpected places, they share their insights, struggles, and moments of academic development in this research rendezvous.

Annie, whose PhD is exploring optimal grazing management will develop best practice in communicating complex science on soil health and sustainability to local farmers and stakeholders said, “It was good fun recording this episode, once I got over the horror of hearing my own voice through the headsets…It was also great opportunity to share experiences, both good and not so good, that come with doing a PhD. I think this episode would appeal to anyone who is thinking of starting a PhD as it gives a candid insight into what to expect, and anyone already on the PhD journey – you are not alone!”

Josh’s PhD will investigate and characterise the underlying motivations, incentives, and barriers to local practitioners involved in promoting landscape-scale, nature-based recovery. Regarding the Podcast he said, “sharing the stage with my ‘commiseration buddy’ Annie is always good fun! Just as the previous episode shed light on placement students – their expectations and experiences – I hope we were able to provide an outlook on the wealth of PhD research across the CCRI that guides aspiring researchers in their own journeys. Filled with ups and downs, trials and challenges – and that’s just the recording! Regardless, I’m looking forward to tuning in to later episodes in the series!”.

Want to hear more about PhD life at the CCRI? Check out the Postgraduate Student Experience clips in this selection of videos from the CCRI’s 35th Anniversary, in which Dan talks to Pippa Simmonds and Aimee Morse about their PhD experiences. You can find out more about the CCRI’s current PhD cohort here

There are currently two funded PhD vacancies available in CCRI.

The Podcast is available here:
The Countryside and Community Research Institute Podcast: Episode Two – Doctoral Dialogues.