The Knowledge Mill

by Greg Joachim

The Knowledge Mill features PhD researchers and the work they do. Each episode is a longform conversation covering the guest's journey to doing a PhD, the nature of their PhD life, the ideas they're currently swimming in, and their non-academic passions. Hosted by Greg Joachim.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 4

  • 9 // Olivia Bramley // Environmental Sustainability in Sport Organisations: Exploring the Tide of Action

    9 // Olivia Bramley // Environmental Sustainability in Sport Organisations: Exploring the Tide of Action

    Olivia Bramley is a PhD candidate at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm9 -- Olivia Bramley is a PhD Student at RMIT University and a member of the Sport Innovation Research Group, specializing in the area of Sport Ecology. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Olivia completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science with honours at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Olivia’s PhD studies explore the role of sport organisations to operate within the planetary boundaries, and to respond to climate change. Specifically, she aims to bring together and engage all stakeholders in sport to develop regenerative sport that is harmonious with the natural environment. Olivia’s current research interests centre around research that enhances the positives of sport. She has been involved with multiple research projects as a research assistant across a range of topics including sport performance, mental health in sport, and sport for development. Outside of her academic career, Olivia is a full-time professional footballer, playing in the WSL2 Women’s Championship in England. Her signing with Durham FC occurred after we spoke, and so it’s fun to hear her discuss her hopes for her football career in this episode. Owing to her dual career, Olivia describes herself as being somewhere between surviving and thriving. Her journey is a unique one, but she notes that she is a true believer in creating your own path and owning all that goes with it. -- This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded on November 29th, 2023 on the campus of the University of Canberra during the 29th Annual SMAANZ Conference.

  • Season 3

  • 008 // Claudia Speidel // The impact of cultural settings on sustainability narratives: Lessons learnt from Australia's Indian diaspora

    008 // Claudia Speidel // The impact of cultural settings on sustainability narratives: Lessons learnt from Australia's Indian diaspora

    Claudia Speidel is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm008 -- Claudia Speidel is a marketing strategy consultant and educator. Through qualitative research methodologies, she draws on consumer insights to advise businesses in communication strategy, market positioning, and product development. She has extensive experience in cross-cultural communications throughout Europe and Australia, engaging with a wide range of industries including Fast Moving Consumer Goods, education, pharmaceuticals, and tourism. During her career, she participated in various multi-national communication campaigns and international product launches. Claudia has also worked as a business, marketing, and communication lecturer, developing and delivering subjects at a bachelor’s level. Originally from Germany, Claudia has lived in six countries and travelled the world for her work and studies. Each country move introduced her to a new culture and language that was not her own and taught her about the challenges and intricacies involved in cross-cultural communications. She often witnessed cultural and linguistic misunderstandings and/or missed opportunities to engage a culturally diverse audience because the messages were not sufficiently nuanced to resonate with specific collective sentiments. It was these migrant experiences and her liminal position between cultures and worldviews that sparked her interest in cultural identities and their impact on attitudes, values, and behaviour which is the focus of her PhD research at the UTS School of Communications. Claudia is currently investigating the impact of the Australian Indian diaspora’s cultural identity on their perceptions and preferences in sustainability. -- This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded in my office at UTS on October 5, 2023.

  • 007 // Kristyn Maslog-Levis // The Missing Books in Children’s Literature in Australia: An Australian-Filipino Author’s Journey to Representation

    007 // Kristyn Maslog-Levis // The Missing Books in Children’s Literature in Australia: An Australian-Filipino Author’s Journey to Representation

    Kristyn Maslog-Levis is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm007 -- Kristyn Maslog-Levis is a marketing and communications coordinator for a non-profit organisation, author, ghostwriter and former journalist. She has previously worked as a TV reporter in the Philippines and a radio broadcaster with SBS in Sydney, where she still occasionally does voice-overs. Several of her stories have landed in The New York Times and Al Jazeera. While working as a broadcast journalist in the Philippines, Kristyn covered bomb threats, rebel insurgencies, and political rivalries. She finished her masters degree in communication at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore under the ASEAN scholarship. Kristyn self-published two children’s picture books prior to the release of her first young adult novel, The Girl Between Two Worlds, with Anvil Publishing in 2016. Her second book, The Girl Between Light and Dark, and third book, The Search for Adarna, were released by the same publisher in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Kristyn is represented by Annabel Barker Literary Agency. She started her Doctor of Philosophy candidature in 2021 with the University of Technology Sydney for Creative Writing under the Australian Research Training Program, focusing on cultural diversity in children’s literature in Australia. Her thesis, The Missing Books in Children’s Literature in Australia: An Australian-Filipino Author’s Journey to Representation, is a creative and critical work that questions the limited opportunities given to children’s and young adult (CYA) authors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the traditional publishing industry in Australia. The thesis argues that CALD authors face barrier after barrier, first within their own personal circumstance, then from the wider community – as well as the barriers within traditional publishing houses. For CALD authors to have a chance of being represented in the CYA space, big changes are needed from the industry and its adjacent spaces. -- This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded in my office at UTS on September 15, 2023.

  • 006 // Atul Joshi // Beyond trauma: Queering biography and finding joy

    006 // Atul Joshi // Beyond trauma: Queering biography and finding joy

    Atul Joshi is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm006 -- A former classical musician, Atul Joshi is an arts and culture manager currently working for Bangarra Dance Theatre. In this capacity he has also worked for companies such as the State Theatre and State Opera of South Australia, Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Bundanon Trust in senior management roles. He has also led government funding programs at the former Australia Council (now Creative Australia) and City of Sydney. Born in Myanmar of Indian parents, Atul migrated to Australia as a child. Returning to his own creative life later in his career, he completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS in 2020. Since then he has been shortlisted for the Saturday Paper’s 2020 Donald Horne and the Newcastle Writers' Festival 2022 Fresh Ink Prizes, had short fiction published in The Big Issue, Westerly, Island, Seizure and Ricepaper Magazine, non-fiction in the Portside Review, Peril Magazine, Sydney Review of Books and Benjamin Law’s Growing up Queer in Australia. His interest in the representation of queer lives and in the possibilities of creative non-fiction and auto/biography led him to commence a PhD in creative writing at UTS focusing on queer memoir and biography. Atul and I share a passion for reading and writing, so our conversation came easily. I was especially intrigued by the manner in which his PhD project is being constructed around a creative component - quite different and, dare I say, a bit more intimate than completing a traditional thesis. I found it all very intriguing and I think you will, too. -- This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded in my office at UTS on September 18, 2023.

  • Season 2

  • 005 // Ashleigh Marshall // Maximising opportunities for elite women athletes who need to suddenly transition to a new career

    005 // Ashleigh Marshall // Maximising opportunities for elite women athletes who need to suddenly transition to a new career

    Ashleigh Marshall is a PhD candidate at Victoria University in Melbourne. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/tkm005 -- Ashleigh Marshall is a sport administrator, sport event professional, and qualitative researcher. Ashleigh’s PhD research at the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University focuses on how national sporting organisations can maximise opportunities for elite women athletes who need to suddenly transition to a second career. She was awarded the Amy Gillett Foundation Research Scholarship to undertake this research. Ashleigh has a passion for research that aims to benefit the sport industry, particularly in relation to opportunities for women and girls. She’s based in Brisbane, but enrolled in a university in Melbourne, so all aspects of her PhD have been completed online: coursework, meetings with supervisors and interviews with participants! In 2022 she won Victoria University’s “Visualise Your Thesis” competition; an international programme that challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second audio-visual explainer. Ashleigh has worked at state and national sporting organisations in Australia as well as the federal agency for sport, the Australia Sports Commission. She completed her undergraduate studies - a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Sports Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement Science - at the University of Queensland, but travelled to Greece for her master’s degree. There, she completed a Master of Science in Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, and the Management and Organisation of Olympic Events. This degree is organised and awarded jointly by the University of Peloponnese and the International Olympic Academy (IOA). The IOA premises are located in Ancient Olympia, just ‘down the road’ from the Ancient Olympic Stadium. Ashleigh is passionate about women and girls’ participation in sport. She coaches both netball and badminton to girls aged 12-18, and teaches swimming to children aged from 3 onwards. She likes to keep physically active herself and swims 2km most days. Ashleigh and I spoke after the final day of the 2022 Conference of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand - a.k.a., SMAANZ. We met for the first time only a few days before, and immediately discovered we were good at making each other laugh. Because I can't help myself, I've included an 'outtake' of these shenanigans at the start of the episode that will surely put a smile on your face. At the time of the podcast recording, Ashleigh was a second year PhD candidate. Presently, she’s a third year PhD candidate and is working toward submitting her thesis within the next six months. -- This episode of The Knowledge Mill was recorded on December 2, 2022 on the campus of Swinburne University of Technology during the 28th Annual SMAANZ Conference.