Doctoral Students’ Wellbeing, through their own eyes: What do the photos reveal?

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Doctoral Students’ (DS) wellbeing has become as an important area in doctoral education research, policy and practice. In a recent study we explored DS’ routines, practices and movements in personal, public and university spaces, and how these features impact on their wellbeing and experience of supervision. Routines here, referring to tools for organising the flow of time, and in this process creating temporal rhythms and patterns. Via an auto - photography methodology, we collected images from twelve doctoral students, in four UK universities. Participants submitted photo elicitation narratives and engaged in semi-structured interviews. Using Social Practice Theory as a lens, we analysed the data using thematic and content analysis. Findings uncover fresh insights into doctoral students’ lives: how they form habits, how routines are solidified, and in turn, how they reconfigure supervisory relationships, and impact on wellbeing and agency. We are excited to share what we have learned about doctoral students’ routines, practices and their impact on wellbeing. Our findings suggest a new way of understanding DS’ wellbeing.
Period8 Dec 2022
Held atDivision of Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational