Kate Mattocks

New publication: best practices & policy learning

My latest article based on my PhD research is now out in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society: find it here. I evaluate the use of best practices — theoretically and empirically under-researched — using the case study of (surprise, surprise) the EU’s culture OMC.


Article in JCMS

My article on the role of the European Commission in the culture OMC is now available in the Journal of Common Market Studies. See it here.

New publication

My first journal article based on my PhD research has been published in European Politics and Society (link here). The article discusses the outcomes of EU policy coordination in the field of culture.

New book review published

My review of Culture, Politics and Economy: The Case of New Labour, by David Hesmondhalgh, Kate Oakley, David Lee, & Melissa Nisbett, has been published online at The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society‘s website.

Demystifying and Navigating Early Career Academia

PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group

The PSA Early Career Network is holding a day’s conference in Manchester on Demystifying and Navigating Early Career Academia. It is a day of workshops and panels aimed at lifting the lid on academic processes – including advice on CVs and interviews, REF and TEF, and impact. Central to all sessions will be an attention to issues of equality and diversity and how to make academia more inclusive, including a panel on diversity in early academia. 
It is a free event and travel bursaries will be available for those who need them. More details and registration can be found here:

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#AcWriMo goals 2016

It’s no secret that I am a fan of #AcWriMo. My goals for this year are relatively modest, since I just finished my PhD and don’t have any major writing to work on at the moment.

  • Finalize my postdoc proposal (very close)
  • Complete revise and resubmit on JCMS article
  • Start paper on methodological reflections from PhD research

Fall 2016 updates

It’s mid-October. How did that happen?! It’s been a whirlwind 8 weeks.

I had, on reflection, a pretty lovely summer: a more relaxed academic schedule and 2.5 weeks at home in Canada. As soon as I got back, I turned my focus to viva prep. I had my viva on 14 September and am pleased to say that I passed (with minor corrections)! Overall it was a good experience — not as tough as I thought it might be, but on the other hand I got quite a few questions that I hadn’t thought of (I think this is typical). I definitely think that once you submit, the hardest part is over.

Some viva prep resources I found useful:
Surviving the viva
Unpacking the viva
Viva resources & tools (from my friend Dr Laura Speers)
Top 40 potential questions
More prep questions

This fall I am teaching at Richmond and City, now part of the University of London. At Richmond I am reprising my role as assistant professor (adjunct) in Arts Policy. We have a vibrant, engaging cohort on the MA this year and 6 weeks in we’ve had some fantastic discussions. At City I am a Visiting Lecturer teaching undergraduate seminars on a new (to  me) module called Violence, where we look at legislative and policy responses to violence and crime in society.

New publication: article in European Political Science

Happy to announce that my article on equality & diversity issues in politics doctoral study, co-authored with the fantastic Shardia Briscoe-Palmer (Birmingham), is now available on early view:

Book review: The Slow Professor

I’m happy to share my most recent book review, of The Slow Professor by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, at the Journal of Higher Education. This was a really engrossing read. I’d be curious to hear any thoughts on the book, review, or the subject matter in general!

The in-between

The time between submission and the viva is a little strange. In my case, I submitted on 7 June and my viva is not until 14 September — 13 weeks. It feels like a looong time, but I know the summer will go quickly.

The time of year you submit will of course influence how these ‘in-between’ months take shape. I’m not teaching or marking so have much less structure than if I’d submitted in the winter. I’m finding the lack of structure both liberating and a little unsettling, depending on the day.

I’m trying to accomplish two goals this summer: 1) write (and submit) some journal articles and 2) to take a bit of a break, take some of the pressure off, to be kind to myself. They may sound incompatible but so far things seem to be working. I am working (part-time) and writing when I can. I have a publication plan with 3 articles currently in progress. One is close to being ready and the other two need more work. I’m working, and working hard, but I’m trying to be a bit more relaxed about things. If I feel like quitting at 5pm, (so far) I’m letting myself do it. Why? Because for almost 4 years I didn’t.

The best part about having submitted is that I am taking more time to do things I enjoy, like exercising, cooking, and reading for pleasure (currently this and this). I did all of this before, of course, but the guilt is much less and if I want to take a little extra time for something, I’m doing it. I’m also trying to spend less time on email/online. Being summer, there isn’t as much anyway, and I find it’s good for the brain to switch off from technology as much as possible.

I’m also enjoying re-connecting with literatures I haven’t read in a while and reading new stuff, since I sort of neglected that over the past 6-12 months. It’s also a good time to re-connect with contacts (“I’ve submitted”) and remind them of what you’re up to.

I am going to take the first 3 weeks of August completely off, and when I return back to London will start preparing for my viva!