next step

As the holiday season approaches I am thinking about which journal to submit my paper to, where is is likely to be accepted at a 5000 word count… as well as considering how to get a grant to purchase a new laptop for my fieldwork in the new year… it’s all the first world challenges being faced for now… yet facing fieldwork without a well functioning laptop seems like an impossible challenge.. so santa… please leave me a nice shiny voucher for the apple store under my imaginary xmas tree next week… I have been good all year.. and am getting married on new years eve… an apple macbook pro would set things up nicely for the next stage of my research and Im sure it will also help make wedded life a tad easier too….

And it begins, the journey to PhD candidature

I have just submitted my qualitative systematic review, Patterns and meanings of traditional alcohol use in Indigenous cultures after the introduction of commercial alcohol. A systematic narrative review of qualitative research. In January I will submit it Addiction Research and Theory journal, the first publication from this research and I am the first author. Things are happening. Next year, Feb or March I hope, I will relocate back to Sabah. Three reasons for this move: Sabah is the most amazing place to live and work and I miss it; my research is with the Kadazandusun culture in Sabah; and I hope to be back working in the Universiti Malaysia Sabah again and working to set up the psychiatric and mental health units in Hospital UMS alongside my colleagues and friends. I am also in disucssion regarding the establishment of a youth mental health service in Sabah, and a project to look at how we can protect endagered species through influencing people to stop eating them, somehow..

Anyway… as we leave 2019 and this decade behind I am really looking forward to the new and amzing opportunities that are coming along. I am excited to move into the next chapter and I feel like a blog is a great way to document the journey// and e=lee