1st Edition

Doing Doctoral Research at a Distance Flourishing In Off-Campus, Hybrid, and Remote Pathways

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Emerging from personal experience and empirical research, Doing Doctoral Research at a Distance is a key companion text for doctoral students from a range of research fields and geographical contexts who are undertaking off-campus, hybrid, and remote pathways.

    Offering guidance about the entire off-campus doctoral journey, the book introduces contexts of distance study; key information to get off to a flying start; organising time, space and plans to get work done; juggling employment, family and other commitments alongside distance study; doctoral identity and wellbeing; working with doctoral supervisors at a distance; accessing research culture at a distance; and managing the bumps along the road of the distance doctorate. Written for doctoral researchers, this book offers strategies to help those working at a distance to flourish.

    This book is ideally suited for those contemplating distance study, distance doctoral students who are starting their off-campus journey, and supervisors and others who are working with distance doctoral researchers.

    ‘Insider Guides to Success in Academia’ offers support and practical advice to doctoral students and early-career researchers. Covering the topics that really matter, but which often get overlooked, this indispensable series provides practical and realistic guidance to address many of the needs and challenges of trying to operate, and remain, in academia. These neat pocket guides fill specific and significant gaps in current literature. Each book offers insider perspectives on the often implicit rules of the game – the things you need to know but usually aren’t told by institutional postgraduate support, researcher development units, or supervisors – and will address a practical topic that is key to career progression. They are essential reading for doctoral students, earlycareer researchers, supervisors, mentors, or anyone looking to launch or maintain their career in academia.

    1. Introduction  2. Beginning work: Deciding to study at a distance and getting off to a flying start  3. Outer work: Organising life, time, and space for distance doctoral research  4. Juggling work: Distance, research, employment, family, and care responsibilities  5. Inner work: Identity, perspective, and wellbeing for distance doctoral researchers  6. Supervision work: Communicating, learning, and connecting via distance  7. Connection work: Accessing research culture, development, and support communities at a distance  8. Unexpected work: Coping with changes and challenges on the distance journey  9. Final thoughts


    Katrina McChesney is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

    James Burford is an Associate Professor of Global Education and International Development in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

    Liezel Frick is a Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum Studies and vice-dean for research and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

    Tseen Khoo is Co-Founder of The Research Whisperer and a Senior Lecturer in Research Education and Development at La Trobe University, Australia.

    “This text reads like a warm conversation with a friend who is taking you on a tour of a foreign town. As the friend highlights what you can expect, you also get loads of helpful, practical advice to guide you on your journey. I especially liked that the book is peppered with quotes from students all over the world who are themselves doing their doctorate from a distance.”

    Professor Sioux McKenna, Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa


    “This book is useful for all doctoral students as no one is fully 'present' on campus anymore. All of us are dealing with a pandemic-altered world where hybrid and remote ways of work are the new normal. This book is solidly grounded in the research around doctoral success and will help you navigate myriad practical, social and emotional problems... some of which you have no idea about yet!”

    Professor Inger Mewburn (AKA The Thesis Whisperer),Director of Researcher Development, Australian National University