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Title: Unveiling ‘European’ and ‘International’ Researcher Identities: A Case Study with Doctoral Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Authors: Lopes, Betina 
Lourenço, Mónica Silva 
Keywords: researcher identity; doctoral studies; higher education; internationalization
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI
Project: 553397-EPP-1-2014-1-BG-EPPJMO-NETWORK/Research strand 2: New European young researchers’ identities. Exchanges and Doctoral studies – an international study of processes and outcomes in the EU 
Serial title, monograph or event: Social Sciences
Volume: 8
Issue: 11
Abstract: 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 e ects 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.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10316/107388
ISSN: 2076-0760
DOI: 10.3390/socsci8110303
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FCTUC Ciências da Vida - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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