Wellbeing in Doctoral Education

Insights and Guidance from the Student Experience

  • Lynette Pretorius
  • Luke Macaulay
  • Basil Cahusac de Caux

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Wellbeing in Doctoral Education: An Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lynette Pretorius
      Pages 3-8
    3. Basil Cahusac de Caux
      Pages 9-17
    4. Lynette Pretorius, Jennifer Cutri
      Pages 27-34
  3. Understanding Yourself: Fostering Intrapersonal Wellbeing

  4. Understanding Your Experiences: Building Identity and Agency in Academia

  5. Understanding Others: Developing Intercultural Competence

  6. The Road to Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Aunyarat Jane Tandamrong, Allie Ford
      Pages 283-292
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 293-295

About this book


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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Editors and affiliations

  • Lynette Pretorius
    • 1
  • Luke Macaulay
    • 2
  • Basil Cahusac de Caux
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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