Critical Reflections on Doctoral Research and Supervision in Human Geography

The 'PhD by Publication'

Robyn Dowling*, Andrew Gorman-Murray, Emma Power, Karina Luzia

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Doctoral education is central to both the production of knowledge and the reproduction of disciplines-producing the next generation of researchers. This paper considers the doctoral and supervisory experiences associated with the 'the PhD by publication'-in which a dissertation comprises a number of stand-alone 'publishable' papers, along with introductory and concluding overviews. Using the entry points of human geography and our experiences doing and supervising these PhDs, we provide a number of guidelines for human geographers, and illuminate the identity work involved in this specific process of producing scholars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-305
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012



  • academic identity
  • PhD students
  • publishing
  • research supervision

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