Author Archives: Niti Bhan

Is it engineering or design?

Looking back at the last year, since I began writing again on the blog looking for the magic of my keyboard, I can see how far I have shifted my perspective – one of the goals for the initiating the introspection. Just over a year ago, I was lamenting intangible losses – vocabulary, for example […]

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Unlearning and Learning

Today it struck me that one of the challenges in my learning journey will be to shift my perspective – a long established habit of thought and practice – from writing reports for clients at the “working knowledge of the topic” level to formulating interesting and original research questions (RQs) for journal publication. As the […]

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Linking Recognition to Resilience: Cognitive Justice and the Informal Economy

Soon enough, at some point this year, I’ll have to take a decision about whether to situate my vegetable vendors and informal traders as ‘livelihood’ actors, ekeing out a living by the side of the road, or continue bypassing the literature of poverty as I strive to reinforce their status and role as professional traders […]

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Reflections on my doctoral study: A midpoint review

Earlier this week, I submitted reports and work plans to the doctoral committee, a compulsory requirement – it is a Go/No Go stage where one’s progress on the journey to the PhD is evaluated from the perspective of viability and feasibility of my candidacy, as it stands now. If asked to prepare this work plan […]

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One year of looking for the magic

As I look back over the past one year since I picked up the threads of looking for the long lost rhythm of my music, best described as the sound of my fingers on this keyboard, I am moved to reflect on all the changes – great and small – that have taken place, in […]

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A lucid synthesis of genomics, linguistics, and prehistory: Tony Joseph’s Early Indians

Tony Joseph blends research strands from disciplines such as linguistics, genomics, archeology, archeobotany, paleogeography, and the luminescence of grains of sand of ancient river beds in a lucid synthesis that narrates the story of First Indians, the Harappan Civilization (known previously as the Indus Valley Civilization), its continuing legacy in everyday Indian culture and life, […]

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“We need to rethink adaptation” ~ IPCC 2022

Last week, the much awaited 4000 page report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) arrived to deliver the news – we’re now at the crucial moment when action must either be taken as soon as possible or our options narrow with each delay. What struck me, was that […]

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A Synthesis of Sensemaking, from a social design perspective

Vanderlinden and colleagues, (Vanderlinden et al., 2020) –  a globally distributed team of climate scientists – link sensemaking’s capacity to clarify ambiguities for communities facing socio-environmental changes to fostering their agency for adaptation, and consider this transdisciplinary and knowledge-based activity to be a place-based and community-centric exercise. In light of this, and before I proceed […]

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From multi-disciplinary to transdisciplinary design research 

Exploring the transdisciplinary nature of knowledge let me conclude that insights gathered via various design research methodologies can be said to exhibit, for the most part, transdisciplinarity. The figure shared above from the work of Rassmussen and her colleagues (2010) helps clarify why. By visualizing epistemic integration correlated to the varying degrees of complexity and […]

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On uncertainty…

One more thing I wanted to make note of, continuing the thinking of the previous post, is regarding uncertainty and its attendant cost as a stressor. Just like there’s no sense of the ambiguity that has always accompanied dancing in between the past and the future, there is, at the moment, none of the burdens […]

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