1st Edition

Prioritising the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Doctoral Researchers Promoting Healthy Research Cultures

Edited By Jane Creaton, Owen Gower Copyright 2025
    262 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on academic research and practitioner expertise, this essential volume provides a multidisciplinary and cross-institutional perspective on postgraduate researcher mental health and wellbeing in order to support academic and professional staff in the higher education sector. 

    Contributing authors unpack the key debates, issues and initiatives within higher education policy and practice, while also considering wider contextual factors that may impact upon the mental health of researchers. Readers are encouraged to recognize the importance of belonging throughout and to understand how we may promote healthy research cultures by fostering connections and community.

    A crucial read for anyone working with doctoral students or involved Higher Education policy, this edited collection provides a new contribution to research within the field, bettering our understanding of the mental health of postgraduate researchers by drawing from a range perspectives.

    Introduction: Prioritising the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Doctoral Researchers

    Jane Creaton and Owen Gower

    1. International Perspectives on the Mental Health of Doctoral Researchers

    Milica Vukelić and Brian Cahill

    2. Transition to Doctoral Study

    Patricia C. Jackman, Rebecca Sanderson and Kelly Sisson

    3. Creating a Healthy Research Culture Through Effective Supervision

    Sarah Peters and Debbie M. Smith

    4. A whole culture approach to doctoral education

    Kay Guccione

    5. Effective Training and Development for Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Jane Creaton

    6. Investigating the effects of Covid-19 on PGRs’ mental health and wellbeing: considering short and long-term potential career impacts

    Rachel Handforth and Janet Metcalfe

    7. Towards care-full doctoral journeys: Inclusive strategies to foster wellbeing among doctoral researchers who are parents / carers in the UK context

    Charlotte Morris

    8. Supporting the Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing of Doctoral Researchers of Colour

    Tina Ramkalawan and Donna-Marie Holder

    9. Doctoral Student Perspectives on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Yvonne Canham-Spence, Laura Chapman, Jane Creaton, Owen Gower and Julius Strack



    Jane Creaton is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the University of Portsmouth.  She is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019 for her expertise in doctoral education.

    Owen Gower is Director of the UK Council for Graduate Education, where he leads the Council’s advocacy, including championing mental health support for doctoral researchers.  He is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, a Fellow of Goodenough College, and of the Royal Society of Arts.