Introducing The Knowledge Mill

Hello, and welcome to The Knowledge Mill! The podcast about PhD researchers and their work.

The years spent undertaking my PhD research were among the happiest of my life. Having completed my PhD in 2021 and getting underway with my academic career, I’m reliving those halcyon days vicariously through conversations with my guests.

Each episode of The Knowledge Mill features a longform conversation with a different researcher – a conversation that covers their journey to doing the PhD, their PhD Life, the ideas they’re currently swimming in, and their non-academic passions.

The Knowledge Mill is not a podcast about the nuts and bolts of doing a PhD, but rather where each guest’s PhD journey fits into their lives. You’ll hear from people at all stages of the PhD journey: some who have just started and are seeking their research question(s), some who are at the very end and are looking back and reflecting upon the journey, and still others at all points in between.

The podcast is organised by seasons, each of which has a linking theme – typically, a University or Conference. I’m hoping to speak to researchers in all fields, across all disciplines and faculties, and at Universities all over the world. Feel free to take in every episode as we go, or you can cherry pick episodes based on the guest’s research focus.


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The Knowledge Mill is a podcast about PhD researchers and their work. Each episode features a longform conversation with a PhD candidate, with a focus on how they found themselves doing a PhD and the research they’re undertaking.

Season 4

2023 SMAANZ Conference

11 // Mohsen Loghmani

Co-Creating a Customised Work Plan for Volunteer Engagement within Community Sports Clubs

10 // Dan Ferguson

A comparative analysis of public infrastructure and physical activity

9 // Olivia Bramley

Environmental Sustainability in Sport Organisations: Exploring the Tide of Action

Season 3

UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

8 // Claudia Speidel

The impact of cultural settings on sustainability narratives: Lessons learnt from Australia’s Indian diaspora

7 // Kristyn Maslog-Levis

The Missing Books in Children’s Literature in Australia: An Australian-Filipino Author’s Journey to Representation

6 // Atul Joshi

Beyond trauma: Queering biography and finding joy

Season 2

2022 SMAANZ Conference

5 // Ashleigh Marshall

Maximising opportunities for elite women athletes who need to suddenly transition to a new career

4 // Linden Moore

Ambassadorship in women and girls’ sport

3 // Paul Bowell

Women Australian Rules footballers’ subjective experiences of digital self-tracking

Season 1

Friends of the Program

2 // Leanne Sobel

The roles of design in strategy: Towards a practice perspective of strategic design

1 // David Bickett

Curiosity as practice in top management team executive decision making

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