Peta FreestoneI’m a writer, researcher, facilitator and teacher.

I create and deliver award-winning writing and researcher development programmes, such as Thesis Boot Camp (initiated originally at the University of Melbourne, then exported to the Australian National University, and delivered for the first time in the UK at Queen Mary University of London in 2015). I’ve also tutored and guest lectured in creative writing, literature and literacy education, sociology, political science and cross-disciplinary methods and theory.

As a fiction writer, my work has been published in print and online, including short stories in anthologies from Penguin Books. In 2016, I’m working on several novels as a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. My creative practice equips me with a multifaceted understanding of the writing process, and I bring this appreciation to my academic workshop facilitation.

With a multidisciplinary research background, my current interests include the changing nature of academic careers, and the history, economics and sociology of academic disciplines. As a Commonwealth Scholar, my doctoral thesis examined the socio-political structures of tuberculosis vaccine research in the UK, US, Canada and South Africa. In 2014, I was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Now, I balance my own research and writing with managing the daily operations of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, an exciting, varied post which draws on my professional experience over several years in researcher development, my academic grounding in research policy, and my creative practice.

 

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