The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 85–99 | Cite as

Research Education: Whose space for learning?

  • Brenton Doecke
  • Terry Seddon


Recent changes in the funding of research degree programs in Australia have had an impact on the way research students are prepared and licensed as researchers. In particular, the design of programs must now address issues of student progress, support and pacing in order to access funding for timely completions. In a sense, the social space within which research training has traditionally been addressed is being reconfigured through the application of funding levers, coupled with increased reporting procedures relating to a specified set of research outcomes. This paper draws on recent theorising of social space in order to investigate the scope and character of this reconfiguration. We argue that research education remains a complex and contested zone despite the pressures of neo-liberal globalisation to impose a model of research in its own image.


Timely Completion Research Education Research Training Social Space Abstract Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brenton Doecke
    • 1
  • Terry Seddon
    • 1
  1. 1.Monash UniversityUSA

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