One of the suggestions provided during the PhD Student/Faculty Retreat was that we should spend our first year as PhD students “dating” different topics for our dissertation.
I’ve created this page to serve as a repository for my dissertation thoughts. So I’ve started a list – these are clearly not narrow enough to be effective dissertation topics, but they’re a start. I’ll continue to add throughout the year. As I “date” a topic, I’ll post a blog entry on the main page about it.
List (in no particular order):
- Vocational education / No Child Left Behind — vocational education and the social separation those children experience from their academic peers. Bifurcation of society?
- Re-thinking the provisioning of power. Changing / decentralizing power generation on the grid. Alternative power sources such as PV cells on homes, residential wind power, geo-thermal, bio-diesel, etc.
- Improving government performance. Doing more better with less. How automation of process has not necessarily improved performance. What changes to process should be made – especially given our increased pressure to spend less.
- Open Internet – the effects of restricting the open Internet. Need to expand on this topic somehow, but not sure exactly how.
- Public personnel policy, bridging the generation gaps, incentives, paybanding, work-life balance, telecommuting.
- Government and technology policy – wireless computing within the government, personal web pages (Facebook), etc. Has policy kept up with technology? Hotdesking is difficult because we don’t use virtual locations for telephone; we’re locked into a location. 21st century technology exists, but we’re using early 20th century rules.
- Public/private partnerships – intellectual property issues (NASA, Nat’l Labs).
- Social networking and the government. What are the implications, risks, rewards?
- Comparison of international arms control treaties and their verification methods. How effective have new on-site inspection regimes been in forcing compliance?
- Presidential signing statements. What has been their effect? When are they most often used?
Great idea! I started a similar list a while back but haven’t done much with it in a while. You’ve reminded me to keep this list open so I can continue adding ideas. I also have a similar list of readings that are important in my areas of specialization. That way, I have a head start on comps.
I like the idea of a list of readings – I should start one!