Delta cities – adaptation to rapid change

28 Mar

Not until recently I became discovering the myriad problems which delta cities experience. Being part of international think thank dealing with wicked problems* in urban delta areas, I encountered many challenges for water management, urban planning, economy, heath, culture and politics.

Delta cities are centers for growing population and they are especially vulnerable to rising of water sea levels due to climate change. Consequently, millions of people are exposed to the risk of extreme floods and storms.

Despite the numerous attempts of humankind to tame nature, it is now time to think differently, share knowledge and embrace adaptation approach to deal with the rapid changes in urban delta areas. The two videos present the problems of delta cities and the importance of adaptation.

 

*wicked problems –  problems so complex that any solution leads to new issues because of complex feedback effects, where even the best option cannot ultimately resolve the problem, but will expose further issues requiring attention.

HELP! Stats and Psychology

25 Mar

As a future research in psychology, I encounter regularly challenges and unresolved questions. Recently I discovered the weblog of Jeromy Anglim who wrote more than 100 logs about data analysis,research methods, software and his research.

Have you ever wondered how to write a research review, sections of your paper, or report data?

Perhaps you would like to know how to transfer your raw data from Inquisit to SPSS.

Jeromy had some tips for me, maybe for you too.

Moreover, you can even ask him questions.

Currently, I am exploring what he offers and I concider that he really provides a bridge between statistics and psychology. His posts are very comprehensible compared to some textbooks.

Enjoy Jeromy Anglim’s Blog: Psychology and Statistics!

Master Plan: Accomplished

29 Sep

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An year ago I thought that I would be engulfed by a black hole because I was uncertain about my future. Actually I was not sucked into any black whole or whatsoever. Lucky me! I had a master plan after all. Remember?

Because I followed my master plan, I am now a master student of the research program Behavioural Science at Radboud University in Nijmegen. If you wonder what may help you when you have to choose your academic path, consider reading the following tips and my personal experience.

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Big Achievement (B.A)

29 Aug

This is it. The rite of passage is complete.  The clip depicts my last excitement as a student of Roosevelt Academy. On June 3rd I received my bachelor diploma; it’s my personal big achievement.  Not only have I acquired a new status because I can now add B.A. behind my name, but also can I share an incredible experience as a student in a small liberal arts college.

In august 2008 I left Bulgaria with high level of uncertainty and curiosity. I was separated from my previous world in Bulgaria;
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The World is Flat

8 Feb

Will you believe me if I tell you that the world is flat? Yes, indeed, the world is flat. This metaphor is used by Thomas L. Friedman in his book The World is Flat to refer to the processes of globalization in the twenty-first century. Friedman speaks about ten forces that flattened the world in order to clarify the flat-world platform.  This platform is a phenomenon which enables, enjoins and empowers individuals,  small groups, and companies more than ever before to cooperate and compete globally. You can learn more about Globalization 3.0 which differs from the previous epochs not only how it is shrinking and flattening the world, but also how it is empowering many more divers individuals to “plug in and play”. Continue reading

Keep an eye on your digital footprint!

20 Jan

The loss of privacy is becoming profound in the globalized world. The boundaries between private and public life are being blurred. Because the Internet and the technological advancements are embedded into the life of the postmodern individual, each of us should be concerned with what we upload and download.  Throughout social media like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, weblogs, forums  and so forth, we are unconsciously building up a lifestyle and identity which may constantly be of interest to a third party.

I was wandering how much our statuses, friend lists, pictures, and entries can tell about ourselves. Moreover, is the information, which we share, enough to reveal our personality, competences, interests and potential? Are we truly what we share online? No matter how you answer the above questions, one is for sure – we should safeguard what, how and where someone else accesses our ‘cyberpersona’.

Take in mind that our profiles, for example, may be viewed by a prospective employer, current employer, or an admission committee of a university. Therefore, the admission committees or the employers might evaluate us not only on the bases  of our CV, motivation letter or references, but also on our digital footprint. That is why we should take care of out digital footprint because it might be a powerful tool for impression management.

Remember, from now on, you are what you upload and everybody can google you!

The Geography of Metrosexualism

15 Jan
New York - a global city

New York – a global city

New York is a global city which has been conceptualized as a site for complex global networks of governmental and non-governmental organizations, markets, business, and migrants (Kim, 2008). Global cities, or also known as world cities, are characterized by the FIRE sector – finance, insurance and real estates that generate large profit margins.  Not only global cities have become special kinds of spaces for generation of capital, but also have they become a crucial site for the construction of a socio-cultural identity and lifestyle of metrosexualism (Knox, 2002).

The aim of my post is to give insights on why the culture of the metrosexual occurred in the global city. I will hypothesize on how the epidemic of metrosexualism started by discussing the importance of David Beckham for promoting the lifestyle. The agents of various urban forms in the global city are important part of the discussion alongside with Castells’ (1984) theory of urban social change.

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