Herdiana Hakim

“so much more than just research” 

My research is concerned with Multiculturalism in Indonesian children’s books, children’s responses, and teachers’ perspective. My supervisors are Professor Evelyn Arizpe, Dr Jennifer Farrar and Professor Robert Davis. My studies have been so much more than just research! I have got to meet inspiring professors and senior scholars and make new friends, whom I wish would be lifetime friends. PhD life also involves conferences, which before the pandemic allowed me to travel to places and build my confidence. 

My PhD studies have shaped my work plans a lot, as I get to learn about higher education and various paths of research in children’s literature and reader responses. I plan to find work as a lecturer in my home country, Indonesia. It will be a turn from my previous career as author and journalist, but I envision being in academia will be the best way to share my knowledge and expand my research. I would also love to develop a centre for children’s books in Indonesia to accommodate not only creators like authors and illustrators, but also educators and researchers.  

I have had many wonderful experiences in Glasgow - I don’t think I can choose one! And sometimes it’s the “small” moments that I think I will cherish for the rest of my life, like walking in various parks of the city, spending time with friends, and doing fellowship with the church. I also love the time my parents and my sister came here. For two weeks, I got to show them around Glasgow and introduced them to lovely people. That was surely one of my treasured memories.