Facilitating Doctoral Education in Cross-disciplinary Milieus: Experiences from PhD-candidates
How can we improve cross-disciplinary research environments? CNDS fellows Malin Mobjörk, Mikael Granberg, Magnus Johansson together with Camilla Berglund (Örebro University) investigated this and published a report on their findings.
Cross-disciplinarity shapes a significant amount of research today and many PhD candidates contribute to this research. Doctoral education is a formative phase in a researcher's intellectual development. Despite a large body of research about cross-disciplinarity, less attention has focused on how cross-disciplinarity shapes doctoral education.This report explores the organisation of doctoral education in four cross-disciplinaryresearch milieus and the experiences of 14 PhD candidates enrolled in these milieus.
One key finding is that PhD candidates are more comfortable when their education has involved meta-communication about conceptual approaches and experiences of conducting cross-disciplinary research. This suggests that research milieus should provide doctoral education in cross-disciplinary settings with a deliberative approach. This will both benefit the PhD candidates and the research milieus, and is central in the socialisation process of the next cadre of researchers and for the future of cross-disciplinary research.