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Are You Ready for Doctoral Studies? There is still time to apply.

Have you thought about starting doctoral studies but deadlines for next autumn already passed? 
Good news: there is still time to apply in Finland! The deadline for doctoral students is 29 April (31 October 2016 - although the previous link confusingly says 15th of November) in the university of Vaasa. Note: the exact deadline this year is 29.4.2016 even though the other link says 30. April. Here you can find more info regarding the intake. It is also noteworthy that there are other ways to fulfill the language requirement than the test only, see for more: admission
The most important part of your application is the connection to the prospective supervisor and your research plan. The researchers are divided into research groups that you can find here. I am part of Intangible Capital Research Group, but we research also macro/financial stability, time series, environmental economics and how people understand economic facts.  But like other universities, our web pages are a bit hard to…

Thanks to the OP Group Research Foundation

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I want sincerely thank The OP Group Research Foundation for supporting my desired research topic! The grant distribution occasion was full of warmth. OP is proud of having given a grant to the only Finnish Nobelist in economics and encouraged us to aim high. I am also very thankful to know that the research plan has been read by two to three other specialists than my supervisor and that they found it promising. In the uncertain world of PhD fellow, that means a lot. 
Another big joy is the joy for all of our full-time econ PhD students. Saara Vaahtoniemi and Jari-Mikko Meriläinen who each got a grant for one year of research. 
Worth mentioning is a person who has inspired many (and 100% of Team Econ Vaasa) to study economics, Matti Pohjola, who held a speak at the event thanking OP for being very responsible in financing research when the government is doing the opposite. Indeed, the concept of OP group research foundation is clearly planned to help young researchers, you can read mo…

One More Writing Class - This Time @Aarhus BSS

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In the end of last year, I signed up to another academic writing class because of a requirement of the degree. As visible in the blog, I have searched writing advises online and also participated to an academic writing class with emphasis on grant application writing (very relevant in Finnish system that doesn't guarantee salary for PhD students unlike the Danish model). Previously, I had participated to a writing class aimed for PhD's with my master thesis at Stanford. Thus, my experiences are quite broad. 
Today, I want to reflect a little of the recent class. We had a groups of three students, two reviewers per one article. We discussed my paper and the discussion highlighted the same that my host here says (he is the best btw). I should explain more, elaborate more and, in general, describe more. Shortness is my writing type, it seems. The opposite would be being too wordy. Yep, no wordiness problem in academic contexts. In the end, however, the discussion of writing proc…

10 Danish Things

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1) Carrots  Lunch and dinner. Most of my colleagues eat carrots as a part of their lunch every single day. And why not? Carrots are healthy and here they are very tasty.

2) Pullover / Sweater.  That seems to be in Fashion (for practical reasons?)

3) Open windows To ensure better air quality. The other local Finns told me that the automatic "air conditioning" is not enough and that the inside air quality isn't necessarily that good. A Danish friend told me a minimum time to have a window open at my home. So, windows open. 
4) Bikes The best way to get around. Usually, Danes lift a hand up when they stop and lift it to the side of the aimed direction when turning. Biking is almost like driving a car expect that cars are usually very careful with minding the bikers. There are lots of bike roads. 
5) Lines If you were there first, you will be served first. If you try to skip waiting, you will gain bad looks..
6) Discussion culture Can I back this into my suitcase and bring i…

Autumn Miracle in Aarhus, Denmark

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Here are some photos that I have taken during the walking breaks, which have become my new habit. Aarhus (and Denmark in general) is a fantastic place to live and work. The nature is just couple of steps away.

I present some of them here in two parts. Let's start with campus and the lake near to the department of political science and CFA (Dansk Center for Forskningsanalyse) where I am located.

Part one: campus












Part two: other beauties outside city center.












(photos are from last month, couple of days back we got the first snow)

PhD Seminar: How to Communicate Your Research as a Young Scholar, Day 2

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In the third workshop, we had professors Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen and Carten Jensen to tell us about publishing. They also pointed out that as a young scholars, using time for non-academic writings and presentations is not strategic: they don't count towards tenure. This conflicted a lot with the discussions that I have been following in Finland. Like at the conference in Pori, Finnish professors were telling how scientists should be more openly in social media. Additionally, in our evaluation format there is a place for public visibility.. Maybe I should rethink about blogging? Although, I am not using my "work hours" for writing here - which is why the topics and texts are quite light. In any case, it is something to think about in addition to should I stay (in academia) or should I go (to industry).




The biggest take away from this workshop was cover letter in which you should tell the editor "why this is a must -publish" for exactly their journal. It should b…

PhD Seminar: How to Communicate Your Research as a Young Scholar, Day 1

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The doctoral students of political department had organized a two day seminar far away from campus (although nothing is actually really  far in Denmark). The ride took couple of hours and the place was astonishing.





Steffen Armstrong Gjedde told us about using new media. Quite many had a researchgate account and also academia.edu was mentioned. To me, there were several new hints even though I already had had some lectures about it. 
ORCID - to make sure your research is linked to you. it helps also with name changes. Mendeley - you can use it for reference organization tool? I better get to know this. CreativeComments - helps to deal with copyrights and to allow the use of your material. 
But that's not all! We also received useful links. One of them is http://www.phdontrack.net/ which has a section about literature review (a part that I find hart). It indeed looks like a good resource. Then, Altmetricblog was recommended for a strategy of an online presence. I am also considering th…

Summer Parties

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It seems that the Danes want to celebrate the summer when it is ending. It also looks like as important party as the pre-Christmas parties in Finland. For an introvert like me, it's been a tough week. We had a running team at the Aarhus Motion event on Thursday, Business School's Summer party on Friday and the Summer party of student housing in Vejby on Saturday. Thus, I am now happy to stay at home a prepare for the behavioral economics of education course.




BSS Summer Party was totally different from the parties that my university or department arrange. First, the payment method: When bought the entrance, you also pay for food and drinks (partly illegal in Finland). The entrance costed approximately 20 € and included 30 coupons. With 6 coupons you could get a hamburger, with 2 a beer or class of wine and with 3 an ice cream. So, no one needed to buy more of them. Second, it mixed alumni, staff and students. Third, they had three very good bands! I am now a fan of TENNIS. They…