Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

Now that I have finished a couple of projects I can start to slowly turn my attention to my next major research project until they come back from peer review. Principally this is to continue the research I started a few months ago on the culture, ethos, and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force … Continue reading Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

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Ongoing Projects

Ok, having updated the site, I feel I need to post more regularly, so, all being well, expect some more ramblings from me. I thought I would start with an update on various projects. First, I have just finished a chapter on air power at Gallipoli that should appear in early 2018. The role of … Continue reading Ongoing Projects

Managing Knowledge

In June, I attended a fascinating conference organised by the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War on the subject of ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective.' One of the many interesting papers delivered was one by Dr Tarak Barkawi of the LSE on the theme of ‘Theory and History in the Archives … Continue reading Managing Knowledge

What Value Writing?

I have just started working on an aspect of one of my next major research projects, which is about the culture, ethos and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force. Specifically, I have started mapping the contributions that RAAF personnel have made to the Australian Defence Force Journal since its establishment in 1976. In short, … Continue reading What Value Writing?

Is there a need for an academic series on air power and aviation history?

Ok, a straight forward straw poll for some research I am currently doing. In essence, do you think that there is a need for an academic series on air power and aviation history that is produced by a publisher who markets books at a reasonable and accessible price? I know some people can be put … Continue reading Is there a need for an academic series on air power and aviation history?

RAF Museum supports PhD Research

[Cross posted from the RAF Museum Blog] This post relates to one aspect of my job that gives me great pleasure and shows how the RAF Museum is developing its research programme that will also include lectures, seminars, and conferences. In my last blog post, I mentioned that I recently spent a day at the … Continue reading RAF Museum supports PhD Research

Publish or Die?

One of the major challenges a PhD student faces here in the UK is that of publishing. This especially noticeable if the reason for undertaking graduate studies has been to enter the wonderful world of academia, which is dominated by that evil demon known as the Research Excellence Framework (REF). We all see it on … Continue reading Publish or Die?

After the PhD…What Next…

As mentioned last week, I have finally submitted my PhD. This of course does not mean that that project is over. Far from it, I still have the dreaded viva and then I need to look at how I am going to publish it. There are certainly aspects of it that I will be looking … Continue reading After the PhD…What Next…

This is my research method…There are many like it, but this one is mine…

This brief post covers how my archival research method and technique has evolved over three and a half years of my PhD with some reference to my previous experience prior to 2010. The so-called digital revolution has revolutionized how historians conduct research in the archives. Perhaps the clearest indication of this change is illustrated by … Continue reading This is my research method…There are many like it, but this one is mine…

New Blogs…

A post intrigued me over on Kings of War by Dr Thomas Rid about how many people read and download certain journals and articles. Of course, an articles importance is measured in its terms of citations, which allows academics, and most notably the REF, consider the all-important issue of impact. However, while all of this … Continue reading New Blogs…