Louie’s Doctoral Research
sharing our learning
My Doctoral journey has been quite a ride, made more so, because I threw myself into undertaking my research in a way that, whilst coherent with the complexity thinking paradigm I was embracing, was simultaneously counter to academic convention. This made for a sometimes thrilling, yet sometimes also deeply uncomfortable, experience as I found myself frequently confronted by the spectre of shame, believing I was risking failure. Oftentimes, I wondered if I was extending too far beyond the bounds of what could possibly be deemed acceptable in The Academy. Yet, I made it through! I have been awarded my Doctorate – so I can proudly, playfully, joyfully embrace the title Doctor Louie Gardiner.
Below, I make available the entirety of my composite submission. You will find extensive, diverse, rich material that will carry you into visual, poetic, kinaesthetic and narrated realms, as well as expected intellectual terrain. All that I share, is far more than simply images and words. I am opening myself and my life’s learning to whoever ventures forth to engage with it and me. I do so, in service to helping you to extend and re-humanise your experience as a living-learning human being in this world, wherever you are; whatever you do.
To grasp the fullness and magnitude of what is available, you may wish to engage with it all, though in truth, I think few people may have the stamina! So engage as you wish. Move to what draws you in. Engage with what is in range for you, and remember as you learn, that what is in range will expand for you. Enjoy what resonates with you. Embrace what you resist, long enough to see what comes of doing so. If you learn and draw from this magnum opus, do share this with me. I would love to hear from you. If you want to learn more, reach out. And also, if you draw from and make more of what you discover here, I ask you to safeguard your own trustworthiness by referencing me and my work. Please freely share links to these pages so that others may access and benefit from what may be accessed below.
All you find below can also be accessed through the University of Hull’s Thesis repository: Louie’s PhD submission.
Before you tumble headlong into engaging with the guts and fruits of my research, I urge you to read the following two short documents.
The first is an essential guide – one that you might wish to keep close as you move through the components of my submission. The guide sets out the components and suggests a pathway to follow. However, in reality, you can start anywhere and find your own way through.
The second document, from my external examiner, Alan Rayner, offers a brief synthesis of his understanding what I have done/achieved.