Abel Polese is a researcher, development worker, writer, trainer and fundraiser. He has been training and designing capacity building programmes for NGOs and higher education institutions in the Balkans, the former USSR region, Southeast Asia and Latin America. His most recent book “The SCOPUS Diaries and the (il)logics of Academic Survival: A Short Guide to Design Your Own Strategy and Survive Bibliometrics, Conferences, and Unreal Expectations in Academia” is both an attempt to guide researchers through their career choices and a critique of what the academic world has become.
Latest posts by Abel Polese
Cracking on Putin and his entourage seems the right thing to do now. But how can we keep a dialogue with his successor to avoid future wars?
You start walking to the border and tears drop down your face. You will pass ... you are confident, and your situation is perhaps the easiest one. But what about the others?
You ask yourself where will all this stop, is there really nowhere safe in the country?
Fleeing for you means to go home, for them it means to abandon, perhaps forever, all that they have: house, friends, objects, and carry whatever memories of their lives into a small suitcase.
What can multilingualism tell us about how Turkmenistan's elite see their country's place in the world? And what might they tell the world with their newfound linguistic skills?
Turkmenistan's publicity-loving president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, has been unusually scarce lately, prompting rumours of political upheaval in the Central Asian republic.