What do Doctoral Researchers need to flourish? The science of getting from where you are to where you want to be.

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Doctoral researchers’ well-being has become an important area in doctoral education research, policy and practice. Recent research (Hazel et al. 2020; Nature, 2019; Evans et al. 2018) indicates that there has been an increase in mental health challenges faced by PhD students as they navigate “the traditionally isolated and highly competitive doctoral environment” (Pretorius, Macaulay & Cahusac de Caux, 2019, p. 289). In the literature, the majority of research focuses on non-completers who have given up their studies. However, in this presentation, the authors focus on their research undertaken with successful PhD students and present what helped them complete their studies (McCray & Joseph-Richard, 2020; 2021). The content will include the stressors the doctoral students experienced, and how they learnt to cope with them, sustained their well-being and flourished during the Doctoral programme. As part of the session, the authors will identify four of the most well-established protective factors of resilience.
Period15 Jul 2022
Held atUniversity of Leeds, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational