Kicking the can down the road: How to create research impact in seven (not so easy) steps

Inger Mewburn
Professor Inger Mewburn, the Thesis Whisperer
Date 06/06/2023 at 17.30 - 06/06/2023 at 18.30 Where Lee Hall, Wolfson College

We hear terms like ‘research impact’ and ‘engagement’ all the time, but what does ‘impact’ and ‘engagement’ actually look like in practice?

Inger Mewburn


In this lecture, Visiting Fellow Professor Inger Mewburn, better known as @thesiswhisperer on the internet, discusses developing research projects on top of a very full academic life, all the while building a huge following on social media. She drops the knowledge on getting money for research, commercialisation, collaboration and managing to write books on top of teaching a 50% load. This lecture questions the mental and physical challenges being a 21st century academic and asks: what does a ‘sustainable academic practice’ look like?



Professor Inger Mewburn has a background as a designer and a researcher, which was nurtured at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

She created the Thesis Whisperer blog 13 years ago. It is dedicated to the topic of doing a PhD and being an academic. It has well over half a million words of content and more than 100,000 followers over multiple social media channels. The blog has been visited over 10 million times over the last decade and people have left well over 16 thousand comments. It has a truly global reach, with readers located all over the world.

She also hosts On the Reg, a monthly podcast, with Dr Jason Downs. This is about life, work and being ‘productive’ – but only on your own terms.

Inger is currently the Director of Researcher Development at The Australian National University where she runs and curates professional development workshops and programs for all ANU researchers. Aside from creating the Thesis Whisperer, she writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences, with a special interest in post PhD employability.



This is a hybrid event, which will take place in-person in the Lee Hall and also on Zoom.

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This event will take place in the Lee Hall which has step-free access and an accessible toilet.

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