The Power of an Effective Community in Creating Networked Researchers: Outcomes beyond a Thesis

Kerry Bissaker, Sue Kupke, Divya Dawadi, Kamal Pokhral, Vanessa Alexander, Jo Shearer, Helen Stephenson, Lesley Henderson, Ali Nawab

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Uncertainty, overwhelmed, doubtful, anxious … and so the list of emotions of the doctoral candidate goes on. Yet, we can move from not just surviving emotional and cognitive challenges to thriving and embracing the challenges through the creation of a support network. While family and friends might be one supportive network, they often fail to understand the lived experience of doctoral research, so it is critical to establish a professional network early in the candidature. This may form naturally if you are researching within a laboratory setting, but for many doctoral candidates engaged in social science research, finding a place in a professional network may not be straightforward. In this chapter, co-written by doctoral students and their supervisor, the processes and power of creating a network are shared and explored in the hope of supporting others to achieve the same. The chapter presents ideas for creating or finding a place in a network but more importantly for recognizing the power of the network to ensure successful outcomes beyond the completion of the thesis. While completion of the thesis is a primary aim of the doctoral candidature, we argue the quality of the candidature experience can shape the future of the graduate and subsequently the next generation of academics.

Getting the Most Out of Your Doctorate
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-905-2

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGetting the Most Out of Your Doctorate
EditorsMollie Dollinger
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781787699076 (ebpub), 9781787699052 (online)
ISBN (Print)978-1-78769-908-3, 9781787699083
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Thesis
  • Doctoral Students
  • Networked researchers


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