‘I won’t be squeezed into someone else’s frame’: stories of supervisor selection

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  • SDG 17
  • Abstract:

    English: Using a collection of stories from a group of women who belong to a PhD support group, this article tracks the issue of choosing a supervisor. These women are all academics and therefore had some claim to an “insider” status but as novice researchers they were also “outsiders”. Their discussions around how and why they chose their supervisors highlight issues often underplayed or ignored in textbooks on postgraduate supervision. In particular, this article examines issues of knowledge, embodied subjectivity and power by following three questions that arise from the data: whose knowing is important; who should I be, and whose PhD is it?