Today was presentation number two for AARE 2018. This time I had Steph and it was so much better. We were in a session with highly complementary papers and at the end of the two hours it felt like the whole room was happy to be there! The other presentations were interesting and will make good references for Steph and me. To add to the joy our presentation was well received with some good feedback and general consensus more research in this area is needed. What was great was how the room let us know what is important to them in our data so we will now focus a little more in those directions.
Also had more revelations about Monday. (Bit tired of continually thinking about my mistakes but I’m assuming once I get all the lessons I can from the experience the brain will put it into long term storage to be forgotten.) I think the key to balancing my additional research with my thesis is just use my papers with Leo as my case study in my thesis. There’s nothing to say I can’t do that and it will fit in nicely with a little tweaking in focus. So now I have data for Government and universities through parliamentary records and for industry from my own research. I won’t have the time comparison for the industry perspective but I’m not sure that will matter given it’s the case study. If this has legs (and I’ll need to confirm with the supervisors) then I might really be on track to have draft one complete next year! Now that would be grand.
Off to a celebratory dinner with Steph tonight. Pity our research really doesn’t align with my thesis otherwise I could use it too. Hmmm…I wonder if it could…..