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Lynn McAlpine
University of Oxford
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#1Isabelle Skakni (Lancaster University)H-Index: 1
Last.Lynn McAlpine (University of Oxford)H-Index: 23
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ABSTRACTThis study examines the impact of career uncertainty on post-PhD researchers’ experiences. Drawing on an identity-trajectory approach and a qualitative design, we analysed experiences of po...
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#1Kirsi Pyhältö (Stellenbosch University)H-Index: 20
#2Jouni Peltonen (University of Oulu)H-Index: 2
Last.Lynn McAlpine (McGill University)H-Index: 23
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ABSTRACTInterest plays a major role in the doctoral experience. However, previous research has not considered how the national context might influence interest. This study focused on exploring cros...
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#1Lynn McAlpine (McGill University)H-Index: 23
#2Nichole Austin (McGill University)H-Index: 3
National and international statistics show that across disciplines there are many more PhD graduates than academic positions. In fact, more than half of graduates find their careers outside the academy—though the kinds of positions they accept, their work satisfaction, and the relevance of their PhDs is much less clear. As regards scholarly studies on post-PhD careers, most have examined social scientists and scientists with little attention to humanities doctoral graduates. This study addresses...
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#1Jani Ursin (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 8
#2Katja Vähäsantanen (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 14
Last.Päivi Hökkä (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 10
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ABSTRACTThis narrative study investigated identity, agency and emotions, amongst an under-researched academic group – those without PhDs with primary responsibility for teaching, who are also expected to do research. In this interview-based paper, we examine the experience of such Finnish academics in a research-intensive university. Thematic and then narrative approaches were employed. The findings demonstrated five narratives which indicated both balanced and tensioned relations as regards aca...
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#1Lynn McAlpine (University of Oxford)H-Index: 23
#2Cheryl Amundsen (SFU: Simon Fraser University)H-Index: 16
This chapter situates our work and the experiences of research participants within an international perspective using three different lenses. We first review previous research about early career researcher experience of work and careers. We then examine the ways in which the conceptual framing of research on such experiences has varied globally. Within this context, we outline the challenge for social scientists in researching individual experience, primarily how as researchers we perceive the r...
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#1Lynn McAlpine (University of Oxford)H-Index: 23
#2Cheryl Amundsen (SFU: Simon Fraser University)H-Index: 16
This chapter explores the experiences of post-PhD researchers in the academy. It demonstrates the challenges experienced and the need to be agentive and develop emotional resilience in order to navigate experiences of different contexts as well as efforts, whether successful or not, in reaching career goals. The chapter highlights the role of the work environment and the opportunity structures available in the development of careers. We suggest that the degree to which local work environments we...
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#1Lynn McAlpine (McGill University)H-Index: 23
What do postdocs actually do? How does their work contribute to their career goals? And where do they foresee themselves in 5 years? This chapter explores these questions by synthesizing the findings from a longitudinal study of postdocs in the United Kingdom and Canada, as well as three other studies of postdocs in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. It locates their hopes and aspirations within the broader contexts of research policy and funding as well as institutional commitment to ca...
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#1Lynn McAlpine (University of Oxford)H-Index: 23
#2Cheryl Amundsen (SFU: Simon Fraser University)H-Index: 16
In the sciences and social sciences, there are considerably more individuals who want research-teaching positions than the other positions. For most, a research-teaching position represents a culmination of years of preparation and intentional crafting of academic profiles, not to mention the often required compromises with personal wishes and responsibilities. Yet, however intense the journey to a research-teaching position, in many ways the journey has just begun; in fact, the journey will int...
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