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Unveiling ‘European’ and ‘International’ Researcher Identities: A Case Study with Doctoral Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal
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Research Centre for Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF), University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(11), 303; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8110303
Received: 29 June 2019 / Revised: 29 August 2019 / Accepted: 28 October 2019 / Published: 29 October 2019
The significance of ‘identity’ in doctoral studies is widely acknowledged. Nevertheless, despite much research on what is involved in the process of identification with/as a researcher, very little attention has been devoted to understanding the effects of the internationalization of higher education in promoting feelings of belonging to a researcher community that goes beyond the national space. This qualitative case study aims to understand whether and how doctoral students in the Humanities and Social Sciences develop a ‘European’ or ‘international’ researcher identity during their doctoral studies. To address this aim, in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve home and international doctoral students from a Portuguese higher education institution. Results from thematic analysis suggest that although the dichotomy ‘European’/‘international’ was not always clear in participants’ minds, those students who undertook mobility experiences or took part in international research networks or supervisory teams were more likely to regard themselves as ‘international’ or ‘European’ researchers. The implications of these findings for doctoral programs in an era of internationalization are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: researcher identity; doctoral studies; higher education; internationalization researcher identity; doctoral studies; higher education; internationalization
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Lopes, B.; Lourenço, M. Unveiling ‘European’ and ‘International’ Researcher Identities: A Case Study with Doctoral Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 303.

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