Publishing outputs of sociology PhD candidates at New Zealand universities, 2013-2017

Edgar Burns, Adam Rajcan

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This study examined published research outputs by New Zealand PhD sociology students who completed between 2013 and 2017. It contributes to an informational gap about sociology doctoral completions and publishing. We identified 44 sociology students, 29 of whom published 60 articles and book chapters, an average of 2.1 per student. These data are for the complete cohort of PhD completions, not a subset of subsequent academic career sociologists. Women comprised 63.6% of the PhD candidates and produced 73.3% of all outputs. In broad terms, one-third of candidates produced no research outputs, one-third produced one output and one-third produced two or more. Nearly half of all students produced a sole-authored output. A small group of 'super-producers' published four or more outputs. We reflect briefly on interpretations of PhD research productivity and narratives that might be applied to the data collected here, as well as noting the changing context of the western university education sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-74
Number of pages24
JournalNew Zealand Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • PhD completion
  • graduate publishing
  • sociology graduates
  • research outputs
  • New Zealand sociology
  • women PhDs


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