ABE 022

ABE 022 | Academic Writing Retreat

Course description

In collaboration with Chalmers University, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in Delft University of Technology will be running a three-day academic writing retreat in October/November 2022. We aim to deliver this course face-to-face in the Faculty. It is likely that this will take place on Monday 31 October 2022 and Tuesday 1 November 2022 (or Wednesday 2 November 2022 if the course is delivered online). There will then be a follow-up one-to-one feedback session after 3 November 2022.

The retreat is designed to support advanced-level doctoral researchers and early-career researchers in getting their research published in peer-reviewed academic journals1. During this retreat, we will be working with your text, with a view to refine the writing such that you are in a position to finalise a manuscript for submission at the end of the retreat. It is hoped that this retreat will address your needs in terms of developing papers that are fairly close to completion. Therefore, it is important that this retreat takes place over three days so that you have the time and space to receive ongoing advice concerning structure, organisation and language in order to finalise the draft.

During the retreat we will alternate between short theoretical “lectures”, time to write alone, peer feedback and group discussions. It is hoped that the experience on this retreat will give you the confidence to revise and submit your draft to a peer-reviewed academic journal. So, it is important that you have a peer-reviewed academic journal in mind when applying to attend this retreat.

Learning objectives

The learning outcomes of this concentrated course are that you will be able to:

–               identify and critically evaluate different rhetorical devices in academic 

–               give and take constructive feedback;

–               select communication strategies based on forum, audience and genre;

–               complete your paper/article, and;

–               better deal with and respond to reviewer comments. 

Teaching Method 

Short lectures, individual reflections/revisions, small group discussions, and one-to-one consultation

About the Lecturer(s)/Coach(es) 

Paul W. Chan holds the Chair of Design and Construction Management at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in Delft University of Technology. He studies human relations in engineering and construction projects, examining how people deal with social, organisational and technological change. He is Editor-in-Chief of Construction Management and Economics. He has authored publications on a variety of topics, including labour productivity, knowledge sharing, new service-led business models, social value and sustainable transitions in construction. He also co-authored the book Constructing Futures (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) on leadership and futures thinking in construction.

Christine Räisänen is a full professor emerita at the Division of Construction Management at Chalmers.  She obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics at the English Department, Göteborg University.  She has extensively studied organizational discursive practices, leadership, and knowledge/information management in project organizations.  She is currently researching the role of space in practices of strategy-making.  In 2020, Christine became an Editor of Construction Management and Economics.

As economist by origin, Marietta Haffner has more than 30 years of experience in conducting European comparative studies in the field of housing and has close to a decade of teaching experience at TU Delft.  Marietta’s interests include financial and economic aspects of housing, including topics as housing affordability, housing capability, housing tenure, housing policy and equity issues.  Since 2019 Marietta has been Editor-in-Chief of Housing Studies, Editor of Ruimte en Wonen, as well as Coordination Committee member of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR).

Important dates

2 September 2022: Expression of interest to participate. So we can plan for the retreat, please send an email to p.w.c.chan@tudelft.nl if you are planning to submit a short paper to apply for this retreat before Friday 2 September 2022.

7 October 2022: Deadline for short paper of around 3,000 words. Send your short paper to p.w.c.chan@tudelft.nl.

14 October 2022: Notification of acceptance on the retreat. 

31 October 2022 and 1 or 2 November 2022: Writing Retreat (The retreat will take place from 9:00hrs - 17:00hrs CET on 31 October 2022 and from 09:00hrs - 17:00hrs CET either on 1 or 2 November 2022). 

After the retreat: One-to-one feedback with a retreat convenor (individual schedule to be confirmed). 

How to enroll 

Please send an email to p.w.c.chan@tudelft.nl before Friday 2 September 2022 if you are planning to submit a short paper to apply for this retreat.

Course Info

Course code
ABE 022 

Course type
Workshop and short lectures 

Number of Participants 
15 maximum (priority given to PhD researchers who have successfully completed the Go/No-Go milestone) 

Name of Lecturer(s)/Coach(es) 
Paul Chan, Christine Räisänen (Chalmers University of Technology) and Marietta Haffner

Graduate School credits 
3 GS Credits

Course Dates and Times: 
31 October 2022 (09:00hrs - 17:00 hrs CET) and either on 1 or 2 November 2022 (09:00hrs - 17:00hrs CET), and a follow-up session for one-to-one feedback  







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