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Professor @FlacsoMx, water, waste, public policy, environmental politics, mixed/experimental methods #ScholarSunday founder. Coffee lover. SNI 1 @iheal_creda VP
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Sep 11 22 tweets 5 min read
Me enteré ésta semana de que hay un buen número de estudiantes que están en las etapas intermedias del doctorado a quienes se les está dificultando cerrar, y escribir la tesis.

Este hilo de #RPVTips se enfocará en estrategias para redactar la tesis con vista al objetivo final. Yo recuerdo bien cómo me sentía después de pasar mis exámenes pre-doctorales (comprensivos, o comprehensives como se llaman en inglés).


Ciertamente nunca me sentí más en control de la literatura que en ese momento, pero el ejercicio me cansó mentalmente.
Sep 9 4 tweets 3 min read
#RPVBooks I love @jenniferbussell ‘s work. We are both fellow @EGAPTweets members and share many methodological interests including field experiments and shadowing. I had read her second book (this one) but I wanted to wait until I had my own physical copy to write about it. Image This isn’t Jennifer’s first book (I also have that one and I’ll tweet about it in a few minutes). I love how repeatedly, throughout the book, Dr. Bussell explains what the puzzle is and what her core research questions were. This was important as I don’t work in this area. Preface to Jennifer Bussell...
Aug 31 6 tweets 2 min read
Research methods (particularly qualitative) folks (or anybody who is syllabusing): here are a few bibliographies I have compiled (some are embedded in blog posts of mine, some I have not had the time to make them into a blog post. A partial, commented bibliography on FOCUS GROUPS: raulpacheco.org/2022/08/a-part…
Aug 29 7 tweets 3 min read
#RPVBooks I had read some of @adam_m_auerbach ’s work before and I sort of knew that his book would be amazing and it did not disappoint. As a scholar of urban governance and public services provision, Auerbach’s book hits all the sweet spots: informality, comparative politics. Book cover for Adam Michael Auerbach’s “Demanding Develo I had read a few of Auerbach's articles, but the one that hit me like a brick wall was this one: link.springer.com/article/10.100…

Because it really showed multiple ways of using formal and informal archival materials. Excellent work. So, I knew more or less what I was going to get.
Aug 29 5 tweets 1 min read
My birthday month is September so you know what to do, from previous years:

If you want to celebrate my birthday, do something nice (a random act of kindness) for someone during the month of September. You don’t have to tell me, but I will appreciate all of these gestures. I really don’t need anything (other than unlimited book shelf space) and I also like to celebrate my birthday with positive actions (previous years I’ve gone with my close friends to serve meals in soup kitchens and donate clothing and volunteer our time).

Therefore …
Aug 29 33 tweets 7 min read
Más que un hilo de #RPVTips sobre cómo elegir un tema de investigación para el doctorado, les voy a platicar MI experiencia decidiendo qué temas de investigación he querido explorar y los procesos decisorios detrás de cada pregunta que he examinado en mi investigación. Desde niño fui muy extrovertido y social. De todos mis hermanos, yo era el que tenía más amigos y amigas. Una de las preguntas que me hacía desde que estaba chiquito era "qué hace que uno se haga amigo de alguien o no". Esa pregunta me ha acompañado, transformada.
Aug 28 7 tweets 2 min read
I was a teenager taking a road trip with two friends of mine in Mazatlán. One of them (blonde, blue eyed) and I had a strange thing where we were sort of attracted to each other but unable (or unwilling) to do anything about it. Anyway, he was a good friend. He went into the sea. I was on the beach, observing him and watching over him (I knew how to swim well, he didn’t). I never realized we didn’t have any life guards near by. All of a sudden the q current changes and he starts to try and get back to the shore without luck. I jumped in the water and…
Jul 21 14 tweets 3 min read
I think that I have finally found the missing piece linking reading (a lot) with the construction of a literature review.

Many students tell me they don’t know how to organize their literature review, how to start it. That is, I believe, because they don’t know what to look for So, what is someone doing a literature review looking for?

1) what has been done (the lay of the land)

2) the foundations upon which their own work can be developed

3) any possible spaces where they can insert their own contributions

4) a map of themes showing connections
Jul 21 5 tweets 2 min read
Esta historia se las conté a ustedes y la narro ahora: mi asesor de doctorado me dijo: “creo que te harían bien unos cursos de historia económica, historia ambiental e historia urbana”. En su opinión el análisis de políticas públicas requería un conocimiento histórico amplio. Obviamente cuando hice mis exámenes pre doctorales tuve que estudiar geografía económica, geografía urbana y geografía ambiental. Lo que hice fue compaginar mis cursos de historia y de geografía por tipo (GE/HE, GA/HA/GU/HU). Eso me ayudó enormemente. Y creo firmemente que …
Jul 20 13 tweets 3 min read
Antier me solicitaron sugerencias de literatura académica sobre "grounded theory" (traducida mayormente como "teoría fundamentada", si bien me gusta más como otros traducen "teoría anclada", o "teoría aterrizada).

Aquí algunas sugerencias. #RPVCuali Este artículo de Corbin y Strauss es excelente para obtener un mapa completo de lo que es la Teoría Anclada.

Corbin, J. M., & Strauss, A. (1990). Grounded theory research: Procedures, canons, and evaluative criteria. Qualitative Sociology, 13(1), 3–21. doi.org/10.1007/BF0098…
Jul 19 4 tweets 1 min read
Siempre he amado escribir pero también a veces me cansa. Yo reencontré el amor por la escritura porque es la ÚNICA actividad que no estresa mi sistema respiratorio. Me siento con un café al lado y empiezo a escribir, monitoreando mi saturación de oxígeno y concentrado en respirar Además, a mí se me facilita mucho escribir cuando tengo abierto Mendeley junto con Word. El proceso de buscar la cita correcta para soportar mi argumento detona un proceso de reorganización de ideas y conceptos que disfruto mucho.

Odio, eso si, escribir contra reloj. Me purga.
Jun 9 19 tweets 6 min read
THREAD: A few strategies to overcome writer's block.

I've had an absolutely bonkers pair of months (April and May and June is gearing to be the same). For the first time in 2.5 years, I attended in-person workshops (2!)

I am, of course, behind on absolutely everything. I used to be a very big proponent of "write whenever you have a small pocket of time" up until my health started to go downhill quickly (I am very immunecompromised, since birth, and thus respiratory infections take me out a solid two weeks).

I now try to write for longer.
Jun 8 10 tweets 2 min read
Ok, so now that we're both testing negative, I can share that my Mom had COVID 19 (she tested positive on Monday, a week ago). I had a bronchitis (and tested negative daily throughout, over the past 10 days, and before). I wanted to share that we know very little about the... ... dynamics of COVID19 transmission. We really do know very little.

I was exposed twice to someone with a positive COVID test over the course of the past 3 weeks. In one case, we did not even realize she was positive until Monday (my Mom). HOWEVER, I always tested negative.
Jun 8 4 tweets 2 min read
New books. Another one — this one is particularly important.
Jun 1 11 tweets 4 min read
Professor Chadwick's tweet had a huge impact and opened up very important conversations. Obviously, it's very hard to read every reply, and every quote tweet. But @DrRChadwick is entirely right in that the "finding the gap" framing has flaws. THREAD.

One important component of academic writing and scholarly work is revising our priors, our previous work and how we thought and the guidance we provide(d).

I've previously written about "finding a gap" in the literature as part of proposal writing: raulpacheco.org/2018/06/develo…
May 31 10 tweets 2 min read
As most of you who follow me know, I use Twitter as my own sounding board. I write things the way I think them and by doing this writing I end up reflecting and thinking better about what I do. So I'm going to use this thread as a space to think about me and my own work. As most of you know, I attended two in-person workshops recently:

1) The Ernest Strungmann Forum (ESF), whose theme this year was "Collaboration",


2) The Household Water Insecurity Research Network (HWISE) visioning workshop.
Apr 21 7 tweets 2 min read
I have a hypothesis about what we are seeing right now: students, faculty, everyone on the planet is exhausted of this pandemic.

This absolute exhaustion is yielding poor outcomes on everything: low attendance, missed work, missed deadlines.

We are all burnt out, folks. And herein lies the rub: we can’t individually self-care out of this rut. Somehow we need to engage in global collective action to create conditions that make our lives slower and gentler so we can recover from the global collective grief and loss that we’ve experienced.
Apr 21 5 tweets 2 min read
Agradezco a toda la gente que me ha seguido recientemente (seguramente por mi tuit sobre cambio climático en México). Mi trabajo en cambio climático intersecta dos líneas de mi trayectoria: gobernanza y política climática y el nexo agua-energía-clima. Hay muchísimas cuentas sobre cambio climático en México merecedoras de más seguidores en Twitter, pero creo que le dejaré a mi colega el profe @I_Solorio que ofrezca algunas sugerencias, y les recomiendo dos de sus libros, disponibles en acceso libre:

Apr 20 5 tweets 2 min read
Estoy co-organizando un Taller de Sensibilización Etnográfica para estudiantes e investigadores/as de carrera temprana con @anapggarza en el que participarán en la impartición de clase @EdgarGuerraB @matorrew @Multiversalista Tirsa Colmenares e Ingris Pelaez (y Ana y yo, claro). Este taller estará orientado a dar una primera aproximación al trabajo etnográfico, incluyendo una sesión de observación participante y no participante guiada por el equipo de instrucción, y una sesión de presentación de resultados del análisis.

Un taller de una semana es ...
Apr 20 5 tweets 2 min read
THREAD: on making explicit your contribution to the larger literature and bodies of knowledge by using a case study in a particular region.

You may have noticed discussions on #AcademicTwitter regarding how studies in the US are written as though generalizable for the world. Well, there is a way to do the same for studies in specific regions, and I found the perfect article to showcase this strategy.

Apr 10 7 tweets 2 min read
THREAD: On writing about, thinking and teaching research methods.

I wrote a thread in Spanish last night on puzzles and how to craft research questions. I've written about this topic several times in English, and in Spanish, but not on the actual topic of "puzzles". This thread is NOT about "puzzles" (I am preparing another one, in English, on this very topic). But the amount of reading I did to just feel BARELY that I had mastered the notion of why we teach students to write research questions based on puzzles was incredible.