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A Personal Price

This post is about the “love life” of an academic, particularly aspiring female academics and the choice we sometimes have to make between love and academia.

Burn-out II: The Weight of the World

As academics, we deal with big topics and huge research problems. From disillusionment about the impact of your work, to self-censorship, these natural features of our work can contribute to burn out. This post commiserates with you, but also suggests some coping strategies for managing.

Preventing burn-out during COVID-19 lockdown

After more than a year of COVID-19, some of us are going into a second lockdown. The end to this seems very far and it’s harder and harder to stay positive. In this post, I share with you some tips for preventing burn-out and staying positive.

Burn-out I: Symptoms and Individual Factors

This post covers the definition of burn-out, the different symptoms and some of the individual factors and circumstances that lead to burn-out. Learn how to spot the early warning signals and strategies for coping.


This is an opening post for a series on “Burn-out”. The content and reflections I present here are based on a workshop I recently hosted on “Academic mental health and well-being”. In this workshop, we focused on two themes: burn-out and secondary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But given the depth of the issues we discussed…

Why do a post-doc anyway?

This may seem like a no-brainer for many early-career academics. You do your PhD, then you do a post-doc and then you get that prized tenure-track position at a university. But the structural changes that have been happening in academia over the last decade or so have made this path a lot less linear and…

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