Recognising that graduate supervisory practice is not an abstracted academic pursuit, but an activity that is subjectively bounded by content and context, impacted by the experiences and beliefs of supervisee and supervisor, this text explores the unique dynamics of graduate supervision in the Global South, as perceived and experienced by students and academics within those same contexts.

Bringing together contributions which reflect a rich diversity of perspectives on supervisory practices at regional universities in the Caribbean and South Pacific, Graduate Research Supervision in the Developing World explores how supervisors navigate unscripted supervisory terrain; contextualise supervisory best practices; establish roles and relationships, and work to understand supervisees’ needs. By highlighting the effect on graduate supervision of complex sociocultural interplay and the relationship between learning environments and student success, contributors look to locate best practices through analyses of stories of success and failure. As the contributors demonstrate, there is a need to restructure the standardised operation of graduate supervision across diverse faculties.

This text will be of great interest to graduate supervisors and their supervisees as well as scholars in the fields of continuing professional development and higher education, in international and comparative education and Sociology of Education.

chapter |6 pages


ByErik Blair, Danielle Watson, Shikha Raturi

part I|42 pages

Negotiating Unscripted Supervisory Terrain

chapter 1|16 pages

Peer Learning and Intercultural Expectations of the PhD Journey

ByLynn Beckles

chapter 3|11 pages

Understanding Policies Intended to Guide Graduate Research Supervision

Institutional Remit Versus Personal Supervisory Practice
ByErik Blair, Danielle Watson

part II|43 pages

Contextualising Supervisory Best Practices

chapter 5|13 pages

Research Supervision at the University of the West Indies

The Case of Two Veterans
ByKaren Sanderson Cole

chapter 6|15 pages

Navigating Research Trajectories With Supervisees in the Pacific Islands

ByShikha Raturi, Dawn Gibson, Frank Thomas, Atul Raturi

part III|43 pages

Supervisory Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships

chapter 7|15 pages

Adjusting Supervisory Practices to Suit Student Needs

ByDanielle Watson, Erik Blair

chapter 8|13 pages

Reflecting on Practice and Beliefs Can Make Graduate Supervision a Craft

ByRawatee Maharaj-Sharma

chapter 9|13 pages

Graduate Students’ Areas of Perceived Strengths and Weaknesses in Thesis Writing

ByJeremy Dorovolomo, Govinda Ishwar Lingam, Adrian Abishek Kumar

part IV|44 pages

Understanding Supervisees’ Needs

chapter 10|16 pages

A Phenomenological Study of the Supervisory Experiences of Students Engaging in Doctoral Research

A Tomb or Womb Experience?
ByBeular Mitchell

chapter 11|14 pages

Acknowledging the Graduate Student Research Experience

Lessons for Supervisors From the Auto-Ethnographic Writing of Thesis Acknowledgements and Dedications Pages 1
ByGreg Burnett, Shikha Raturi

chapter 12|12 pages

Structural Dimensions of Doctoral Supervision in Regional Universities

The Case of the University of the South Pacific
ByEberhard Weber, Andreas Kopf

chapter |7 pages

Final Reflection

ByErik Blair, Danielle Watson, Shikha Raturi