'Packed with practical advice on all aspects of the PhD process, new and continuing research students should find this book of great help' - Professor Malcolm Tight, Lancaster University, UK How to get your Ph.D is an original study guide aimed at prospective and current postgraduate students, covering the process of accessing, undertaking and completing doctoral research in the social sciences and the humanities. The content is unique in incorporating discussion of the less recognised personal, emotional and organisational demands of independent study. Drawing on a variety of student experiences, the authors apply a case study approach to examine the dilemmas and complexities of postgraduate study. The book is organised into four parts covering the research process; writing, publishing and networking; shifting identities and institutions and relationships of support. Each chapter includes an easy to use format including real-life accounts, tips and strategies for problem solving and guidance for additional resources. The guide includes accessible advice and guidance across a spectrum of methodological, personal, emotional, practical and institutional issues.
Academic Profile I joined the Department of Sociological Studies in September 2008 having previously taught at the University of Manchester (2005-2008) and been a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds (2003-2005). Research My research interests bridge social policy and sociology with a focus on the analysis of policies, services and everyday lived experiences in relation to childhood, young people, parenthood and family support. I am interested in the relationship between child, family and social policy, and engage in critical policy analysis for improvements in child welfare and family support entitlements, provisions and services. I have completed qualitative research about lone mothers' experiences of negotiating motherhood and paid work, parental empowerment in Sure Start Children's Centres and parents of teenagers' experiences of participating in group parenting programmes. After gaining a D.Phil from Oxford University, I took up a post at the School in 2003. Before coming to Leeds, I was a social worker in child protection. My research interests have largely focused on various aspects of the British sex industry, represented in two monographs and a textbook. I continue links with grassroots organisations where the crossroads of research output and change lies.
PART 1: NEGOTIATING THE RESEARCH PROCESS Motivations for Doing a PhD Formulating a Research Question Choosing and Changing Supervisor Managing the Ethics of Academia What to do With Your Data PART 2: WRITING, PUBLISHING AND NETWORKING Writing Up and Writers Block Papers and Publishing Networking Missing the Deadline The Viva & Beyond PART 3: SHIFTING IDENTITIES AND INSTITUTIONS Non Traditional Routes into the PhD Undertaking a PhD Part-time Combining Teaching and Doctoral Studies Reconciling the Research Role with the Personal PART 4: RELATIONSHIPS OF SUPPORT What to Expect From Your Supervisor Enabling Research Environments Combining Family Commitments Coping with Stress
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