I think my research evolves from the nexus of questions I am interested in (interest), things that I think I can say something about (opportunity), and things that other people seem to like (external value), with the priority in that order.
However, when people ask ‘what is your research about’ I try to categorize it ex-post. So, here are some attempts at Venn diagrams explaining this. Some things are left intentionally vague because I can’t “give away the milk for free”.
Here it is by TOPIC: ResearchVenn (1)
And by METHODS USED: ResearchVennMethods (1). Of course all of the papers use ‘low tech methods’ such as anecdotes, reviews of previous research, and intuitive argumentation/logic.
When I get a chance I will try to make the ‘nodes’ linkable to the articles/papers.
Question: Are these diagrams intelligible to others or is this just “in my head”?