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Art: Blurring the Boundaries

This paper from 2011 in Nature.com discusses how artists and scientists can benefit each other in new and interesting ways. Above all, the complex, rewarding and at times frustrating experiences of interdisciplinary collaborations is at display through such innovative work. Another added value of such projects is the tuning of communication strategies of making science [...]

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On Writing, Honesty and Van Gogh

I have recently received two reviews on my writing pieces, which felt like a great achievement for a number of reasons. Five or six other journals rejected one article before it was actually reviewed. Another, a chapter for a prestigious collection, which I am co-writing with a colleague in Australia, finally got reviews from two [...]

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The Importance of Being Stupid in Research

This year I supervise three Master students in their thesis work, and a few other written assignments of students. It’s the time when students come up with their proposals and try to work out a puzzle and a methodology around it. Now, research would not be called research if it was easy. It’s a lot [...]

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Alumni Conference of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 9:00am to Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:00pm The academic year 2015 – 2016 marks several important dates for our Department. These are the 25th anniversary of the Department (and CEU), the 20th anniversary of the first 1-year MSc class, and 10th anniversary of the first MESPOM class. We [...]

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Introducing Interpretivism in a Classroom

One key advice I got from many columns for early-stage professors is not to be afraid to experiment in a class-room. So I went ahead with this last Friday, on session 2 of my undergraduate research methods class. I had to introduce students to the ideas of social constructivism and interpretation in order to sanction [...]

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We are turning 3 years!

Time flies, as they say. And it does indeed. It’s been three years since I started this website with the first post here, and it turned into a hobby project and a little window to the world. I communicate through this website with my students, my colleagues, my friends, and win new friends. It helps [...]

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Crafting or Designing Socio-Ecological Systems? Read our Special Issue in Environmental Science & Policy

Finally, our Special Issue of Environmental Science & Policy is online, and you can enjoy the articles. You can read our editorial about the issue here, and the article I wrote with colleagues on water user associations in the region here.

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Who is Reading This Blog? Some Stats…

Well, the short answer is some 3400 people from over 100 countries who had 20 000 visits to the blog pages in the last 24 months! Want to hear some more history and details? Here they are! I started www.policytranslation.eu blog in August 2012 when I realized that I need a larger audience than quite [...]

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Oxford Bibliographies: Great Resource for Students and Researchers!

Energy Security and Water Security Farhad Mukhtarov (ADA University, Azerbaijan) and Aleh Cherp (Central European University, Hungary; Lund University, Sweden), with essential assistance from a graduate ADAU student Richard Sarpong, published 2 articles in Oxford Bibliographies, Oxford University Press. One article is about Energy Security — the concept that commands great policy attention nowadays, from [...]

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First “Pay for Your Time” Cafe in Baku — “Tik-Talk”

В Баку новое классное место, где можно мирно посидеть, попить чайку, поиграть в настольные игры (включая чо-чо или ручной футбол), и все это, заметьте, в абсолютно домашней обстановке! Нет, я не говорю про очередное за-пере-черезчур-гламуренное кафе типа Глория Джинс. Новое место называется “Tik-Talk”, и является первым в Баку “анти-кафе”. Оно даже приятнее моего любимого кафе [...]

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ON-OFF: How University Encourages Wrong Things

Yesterday two ADA students posted a video online with their shoot-out of On-Off at ADA Campus. It went viral on various national news sites and the colleagues at ADA have expressed their admiration and support to students’ “talent”, “smartness” and “innovativeness”. I can only agree that it is a good venture to have extra-curricular activities [...]

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Student Develops Inexpensive Solar Lens To Purify Polluted Water

This is a story about technology in which I believe. Small-scale, easy to build and use and proper for rural as well as semi-urban settings, this ‘soft measures’ to ensure water quality are often more resilient than multi-million projects to build dams, aqueducts and suchlike.

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Happy One Year Anniversary!

The policytranslation.eu blog was created in the beginning of August 2012 and today it is 1 year since it went online! It has been much fun to write posts and run discussions of some of them on the dedicated Facebook page. The blog has started with the general theme of exploring cultural and linguistic issues [...]

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Requiem for Science?

I was once a member of a committee whose purpose was to hire a new colleague in our university department. Unimpressed with one of the candidates who claimed he was a ‘trouble-shooter’, the head of the committee, a distinguished scholar, said something I will remember for long. He said “a scientist is not someone who [...]

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Water Events in Amsterdam and Delft

The Netherlands has always been active in water engineering and governance and the Dutch government has earlier pronounced water its ‘top-sector’ — the priority area for funding. Last week there was celebration of the World Water Day in The Hague, the report about which we will publish later this week. But there are two more [...]

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Chess as War and Meditation

I had a nice childhood — full of happiness, joy and drive. Chess took a large part of my childhood and I had great people to share it with having grown in Baku. In this little essay I recount on my experiences of being a ‘chess-kid’ in Baku in the 1990s, it was originally prepared [...]

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Working from home: freedom or luxury?

Copyright of the picture: The Economist. You must have heard of the recent ban by ‘Yahoo’ to work from home…Now, as in the picture, workers are chained to their workplace, either they want it or not. I must say, in unison with plethora of evidence from elsewhere, that the ‘presence in the office all week’ [...]

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