Daniel S. Lacerda
Country Of Origin: Brazil
Degree: PhD Organisation, Work and Technology, 2017
Why did you choose to study at LUMS?
I was attracted by the quality of staff and well known tradition of Lancaster University in the topics I wanted to research.
What was the best thing about your course?
Lancaster University is very well integrated across faculties and departments, which gave me the opportunity to study in courses from other faculties and attend multidisciplinary seminars and study groups.
What/who inspired you most at LUMS and why?
My fellow colleague Arun Kumar, with whom I shared not only the PhD office but also insightful conversations and debates about our research and our condition of academics coming from the Global South. The geniality of Dr. Kumar and also the fascinating research agenda of our fellow PhD students were stimulating aspects of my training.
What are the best things about living in the Lancaster area?
Lancaster is a very charming city, near to breath-taking landscapes such as the Ruskin View, and very well connected too. I found it was the perfect balance between living in a small town with a handy university campus, which provided a high sense of collegiality, and being a quick travel distance from Manchester, Glasgow or London.
What impact did scholarships/funding have on your degree experience?
During my formation I have attended the main conferences of my field (AOM, Egos, CMS) and also specialised symposiums in universities such as LSE. I have always found support from the department and the school to attend such events, and they were extremely important for the construction of my career.
Which parts of your Lancaster experience were the best preparation for your job?
I don’t refer to them because they were more important than other experiences, but I can’t imagine how I would have coped with writing and teaching in a foreign language without the support I had from formal and informal training, such as The Film Club organised by Joanne Wood, and Effective Communication seminars offered by the school. Groups like those made the difference in the quality of my work.