How Did You Restrategize Your COVID-Affected Research?

As of now, COVID-19 has infected over 16 million people worldwide, and resulted in over 650,000 deaths. The pandemic has squashed economies, kept families apart, and caused countless people to lose their livelihoods. And for a lot of researchers, the pandemic has thrown plans into total disarray.

Many AUT research students have experienced huge disruptions from COVID-19; but many have come up with innovative solutions, too.

We want to hear your stories. How has COVID impacted upon your research plans? How have you faced the challenges it has presented? How have you rescoped your research, or changed your plans, to make the best of this terrible situation?

Get in touch with the Thesislink Editor at anaise.irvine@aut.ac.nz. Tell me a little about your COVID research experiences, and I can help you to write up your story to be published on Thesislink.* That way, we can create a record together of what it has meant to be an AUT research student in the midst of a global pandemic; and perhaps inspire other research students with ideas about how to show resilience and agility when research is disrupted.

*Depending on the number of submissions, it may not be possible to publish all of them.


While we’re talking COVID-19, there is a free public lecture on the social aspects of the pandemic on 18 August at 4:30pm in the WA bulding conference centre. Professor Sharon Mazer will give her inaugural professorial address on the topic: “When the Pandemic is Past, What Then?” Professor Mazer considers repeated gestures of purification and distantiation as rituals of inculcation and invocation: inculcation of compliance in performing good citizenship; and invocation of a belief that we can hold the unclean at bay with our obeisance. You can find more information and RSVP here.

About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink. She has a research background in science and narrative. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. She has previously researched fictional representations of evolution and quantum mechanics. She has taught such diverse texts as Blade Runner and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and her most obscure skill is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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