The doctoral education experience is one of the most common topics in the field of researcher development (Evans, 2011; Nguyen, 2012b). This literature typically characterises the doctoral experience as a site of tensions where doctoral students participate in multiple activities within complex and varied contexts (e.g. Golde, 2000; Grover, 2007; Jazvac-Martek, Chen, McAlpine, 2011; McAlpine, Jazvac- Martek, Hopwood, 2009; Robinson, 2008). For many international PhD students, entering and progressing through the doctoral experience means negotiating many tensions as they cross multiple boundaries. In this chapter, I reflect on the halfway point of my doctoral experience at an Australian university with a particular focus on my negotiations across geographic, cultural, political, professional and academic borders. The chapter also reflects that doing a PhD across borders can mediate personal, academic and professional development. In this account, I rely on both my reflection during the writing process and data from my previous reflective accounts and relevant email communication during my PhD journey.
|Title of host publication||Navigating International Academia: Research Student Narratives|
|Place of Publication||Rotterdam Netherlands|
|Pages||31 - 41|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|