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Wellbeing in Doctoral Education

Insights and Guidance from the Student Experience

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  • Offers a range of personal and engaging stories that highlight the diverse voices of doctoral students

  • Provides strategies to help doctoral students improve their personal wellbeing, build their academic identity and agency, and develop intercultural competence

  • Explores the doctoral education environment from the perspectives of doctoral students

  • Highlights the need for change in the doctoral education environment

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This book offers a range of personal and engaging stories that highlight the diverse voices of doctoral students as they explore their own learning journeys. Through these stories, doctoral students call for an academic environment in which the discipline-specific knowledge gained during their PhD is developed in concert with the skills needed to maintain personal wellbeing, purposely reflect on experiences, and build intercultural competence. In recent years, wellbeing has been increasingly recognised as an important aspect of doctoral education. Yet, few resources exist to help those who support doctoral students. 

Wellbeing in Doctoral Education provides a voice for doctoral students to advocate for improvements to their own educational environment. Both the struggles and the strategies for success highlighted by the students are, therefore, invaluable not only for the students themselves, but also their families, their social networks, and academia more broadly. Importantly, the doctoral students’ stories should be a clarion call for those in decision-making positions in academia. These narratives demonstrate that it is imperative that academic institutions invest in providing the skills and support that doctoral students need to succeed academically and flourish emotionally.

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Wellbeing in Doctoral Education: An Introduction

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Education, Monash University, Clayton, Australia

    Lynette Pretorius, Luke Macaulay

  • Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Clayton, Australia

    Basil Cahusac de Caux

About the editors

Dr Lynette Pretorius is the Academic Language Development Advisor for the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Australia, where she works with both undergraduate and postgraduate students to improve their academic language and literacy skills. Lynette has qualifications in Medicine, Science, Education, as well as Counselling, and her research interests include experiential learning, reflective practice, doctoral education, mental health, and cardiovascular physiology.

Luke Macaulay is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Australia. Luke’s PhD research explores the experiences and perspectives of Sudanese and South Sudanese youths in Melbourne, Australia regarding the transition to adulthood. Luke’s previous education is in Philosophy, as well as Religion and Theology, and his research interests include cultural experiences of becoming an adult, social and political belonging, and critical social theories.

Dr Basil Cahusac de Caux recently completed his PhD in the Historical Studies Program of the Faculty of Arts at Monash University in Australia. His research interests include the history of contemporary Japan and language policy in East Asia in the 19th and 20th century. Basil’s doctoral dissertation focused on the factors and forces influencing script reform in mid-to-late 20th century Japan.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Wellbeing in Doctoral Education

  • Book Subtitle: Insights and Guidance from the Student Experience

  • Editors: Lynette Pretorius, Luke Macaulay, Basil Cahusac de Caux

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-9301-3Published: 25 September 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-13-9304-4Published: 25 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-9302-0Published: 10 September 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 295

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Higher Education, Learning & Instruction, Educational Psychology

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