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A Systems Approach to Examining PhD Students’ Well-Being: An Australian Case

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Griffith Systems Modelling Group, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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Griffith Institute for Tourism, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
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Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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Academic Editor: Andrea Pitasi
Systems 2021, 9(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9010017
Received: 11 December 2020 / Revised: 4 February 2021 / Accepted: 18 February 2021 / Published: 23 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Systems Practice in Social Science)
Previous research regarding PhD students’ well-being (PhD-WB) has lacked a comprehensive and systemic analysis. This research engages with a systems approach to examine the multiple variables, including feedback mechanisms, which influence PhD-WB over time. The model was developed using a structural analysis method (Cross-impact analysis MICMAC) that informed a causal loop diagram (CLD). The aim was to understand what promotes (drivers) and inhibits (barriers) PhD students’ well-being. The results show that PhD students’ well-being reflects an interplay between university, financial support, students’ mental and physical health, and family/friends. However, the analysis shows that the role of the drivers is dynamic, and they can become barriers in certain circumstances. This insight validates the application of systems thinking to illustrate the complexity of PhD students’ well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: PhD students; well-being; systems approach; system archetypes; causal loop diagram (CLD) PhD students; well-being; systems approach; system archetypes; causal loop diagram (CLD)
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Dhirasasna, N.; Suprun, E.; MacAskill, S.; Hafezi, M.; Sahin, O. A Systems Approach to Examining PhD Students’ Well-Being: An Australian Case. Systems 2021, 9, 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9010017

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Dhirasasna N, Suprun E, MacAskill S, Hafezi M, Sahin O. A Systems Approach to Examining PhD Students’ Well-Being: An Australian Case. Systems. 2021; 9(1):17. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9010017

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Dhirasasna, Nina, Emiliya Suprun, Stefen MacAskill, Mehdi Hafezi, and Oz Sahin. 2021. "A Systems Approach to Examining PhD Students’ Well-Being: An Australian Case" Systems 9, no. 1: 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems9010017

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