Research is complicated, specific and narrow and probably intends on contributing to society in its unique ways. My research area is the same. I research corporate sustainability, an area of business and management that specifically focuses on firms’ efforts to contribute towards sustainable development goals. Since I started the PhD in 2016, I have been communicating about it. Though I think explaining the idea ‘corporate sustainability’ to the man in the street or other researchers can be complex for several reasons.

1. So, are they sustainable?

Some time back, I was asked what my PhD was about. My easy answer…


There is so much to talk about mobility, what it means, when it makes sense, how much and in what ways does it cost. Although, I don't feel like we talk enough about it in an honest way and this is just a little conversation starter.

In academia, and perhaps for many other professions, mobility has become a necessity to make progress in one’s career. I have heard many senior academics discussing the benefits of leading ‘mobile lives’; advantages include quicker progression, higher salaries, expansion of the academic network, increased research output thanks to this network. It is almost taken…


I have been thinking about the word ‘defence’ for a while. Some time ago, some senior colleagues called me ‘aggressive’. I owe a big thank you to them for this great reflection opportunity. If anything, I realise that looking back, I must have been passive-aggressive or defensive. Since then, I am much more alert to signs of ‘aggression’ and ‘defence’ in the context of academia, thinking about these concepts and their everyday occurrences.

Aggression: “feelings of anger or antipathy resulting in hostile or violent behaviour; readiness to attack or confront.”

Defense: “the action of defending from or resisting attack.” or…


Recently, I received a revise and resubmit from a journal. Those of you who are not academics may have absolutely no idea about ‘revise and resubmits’. The journals we try to publish in are peer-reviewed. A revise and resubmit means it is not a rejection (at least not yet), so it is still no guarantee for a publication, but there is a chance that your work may get published.

When the reviewers see some potential in a paper, they provide ‘constructive criticism’ (though not always) and provide feedback which would improve the manuscript. This sounds great, right? However, from what…


In social sciences, most research questions are asked because of a problem that exists in real life, something that we are trying to understand, explore or explain. So, if the questions we are interested in answering are fundamentally coming from different areas of human life, then why do we (as researchers) continuously feel like we have little impact and that we have to make an effort to create impact? Impact has recently become an important point of discussion in many areas, including my field, which is business and management studies.

Many young academics experience a dilemma with the impact story…


The Guide to Emotions of a Highly Sensitive PhD Student

I have recently completed a PhD programme. Lots of people think doing a PhD is hard work. Of course, for me, it also was. But, what was even harder, as a person with a hyper-sensitive brain, was to be open to the experience of various emotions that visited me as I continued the PhD programme.

First came the impostor syndrome and with it a sense of deep shame. Hearing all the intellectual conversations around me, I felt like I didn’t even deserve to be in academia. I remember the first…

Tulin Dzhengiz (Cengiz)

Life long learner

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