Weight Stigma & Internet Memes

I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

The last week in February was Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and my fab colleagues Dr. Nova Deighton-Smith and Glen Jankowski worked really hard to bring a host of activities and talks to Leeds Beckett. When Glen asked me if I wanted to speak about appearance/body image and memes, I was a) delighted and b) totally baffled. I’m not a body image researcher! I don’t know about eating disorders! I have no idea what I’m doing! Continue reading “Weight Stigma & Internet Memes”

PhD Life – Top Five Favourite Things

PhD Life - Top 5 Favourite Things

With teaching about to start, alongside the final year of my PhD studentship, I am acutely aware of the need to be organised. Here’s a quick rundown of my top five favourite things that are keeping me (relatively!) stress free and on track. Continue reading “PhD Life – Top Five Favourite Things”

I Have A New Name!

Las Vegas Wedding

Las Vegas Wedding

Just a quick little update to say a) I’m really busy (what else is new?!) and b) I just got married! I’ve taken my new husband Dan’s surname of Drakett. The name/domain for this blog will be changing to reflect this, just as soon as I’ve got a bit of time to myself to do the tweaky admin gubbins and tying up of loose ends without the jetlag and weird sleeping patterns. Bear with me – sooooo much admin! I’ve changed my Twitter handle already though, and you can find me @JessicaDrakett Continue reading “I Have A New Name!”


I was the teenager who stayed behind after school for band practice, choir practice, drama club, to learn an extra language… and somehow, at 25, I still can’t say no when offered extra-curricular gubbins to get stuck into. It’s true, I have a bit of a problem with volunteering. Continue reading “POWS Blog”

New PhD Blog – An Introduction

Hello! My name is Jess, and I’m a first-year PhD student in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. Broadly speaking, my research concerns discourse, feminism and work. Less broadly speaking I’m studying humour (in the form of Internet memes) and how this may affect the role of women in the IT industry. It’s okay, you don’t need to consider how these things link together, that’s my job. I’m sure it’ll be explained in the course of my thesis and this blog, so do keep popping back if you’re even slightly interested.

I started my research journey in October 2012, and when you consider that it’s now July 2013, I guess I’m a little late starting this blog! Better late than never I guess? Hopefully this blog will become a space for me to share my experiences as full time PhD student (who also teaches) and talk about my research. At the same time it will give me something that’s actually related to work to procrastinate with, which I’m sure can only be a positive thing. Better that I’m developing my ideas and writing here than looking at pictures of cats with funny captions, right? Oh wait no, that kind of is my research… for my first study anyway. Did I mention that I love my work?

Fingers crossed this blog will grow to be a useful outlet for me and my research, and a helpful resource for anyone who reads it. Feel free to follow my updates on Twitter, or subscribe to my posts via RSS. Wish me luck!