This book explores the future of doctoral research and what it means to be involved in all stages of the process, providing international insights into what’s changing, why it’s changing and how to work best with these changes. It looks at the key issues that have been thrown into sharp relief by crises such as world pandemics.

Drawing on work from outstanding authors, this book shows the ways in which the doctoral process has altered the supervisor/supervisee model and the challenges that now need to be managed, and demonstrates the importance of aligning all the stakeholders, systems and processes to ensure a successful future for doctoral education. Bringing together a range of perspectives, innovative practices and rigorous research, this book tackles topics such as:

  • how doctoral research changes in keeping with the global expansion and transformation of doctoral education programmes
  • the significant influence funding bodies – be they charities, governments, businesses or non-governmental agencies – can have on doctoral research
  • the extent to which doctoral research penetrates daily life and vice versa
  • how to encourage and embed an ethical approach to research, as well as university responses to external challenges

Uniquely international and bringing together the many stakeholders in the research business, this book is essential reading for all doctoral supervisors, candidates and anyone involved in designing or organising research programmes for early career researchers and doctoral students.

Chapter 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

chapter |2 pages


The global knowledge economy

part I|74 pages

Doctoral research in the changing university

chapter 2|10 pages

Agency in doctoral education

Towards Graduate School cohesion and a heightened societal awareness

chapter 5|12 pages

Mind the gap

A description of US doctoral education, challenges, and the skills gap

chapter 6|12 pages

Working towards future epistemic justice

Incorporating transcultural and Indigenous knowledge systems in doctoral education

part II|54 pages

Collaborations and funding

chapter 11|11 pages

Paving the way for healthy and empowering working environments

A joint action of institutes, early career researchers (ECRs) and funders

part III|76 pages

Doctoral researchers' perspectives

chapter 15|11 pages

What makes English flow and why?

Understanding the cultural difficulties facing novice postgraduate second-language writers in English

chapter 16|13 pages

Doctoral students as early career university teachers

What hinders and what helps them to embrace the essentials of good teaching?

part IV|70 pages

Doctoral supervisors' perspectives

chapter 20|10 pages

Integration of doctoral supervisor courses in the research culture

A socio-cultural approach

chapter 22|14 pages

Doctoral examiners' judgements

Do examiners agree on doctoral attributes and how important are professional and personal characteristics?

chapter 23|15 pages

Enhancing the doctorate at ETH Zurich

Towards a new organisational culture – a qualitative data analysis of the ETH “Doctoral Supervision Symposium” 2019

part V|61 pages

Ethics and accountability

chapter 25|11 pages

Specialist courses in research ethics

More important now than they used to be?

chapter |9 pages


The future of doctoral research in the light of experience