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    Interdisciplinary doctoral research networks: enhancers and inhibitors of social capital development

    Mountford, Nicola and Coleman, Matthew and Finnegan-Kessie, Threase and Cusack, Tara (2020) Interdisciplinary doctoral research networks: enhancers and inhibitors of social capital development. Studies in Higher Education, 45 (12). pp. 25528-2573. ISSN 0307-5079

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    Interdisciplinary research networks are increasing, with professionals encouraged to undertake research across disciplines to increase innovation, creativity and knowledge. More recently, this interdisciplinary focus is being mirrored by the establishment of interdisciplinary doctoral research networks. But do these networks work? And if so, how and why? We employ social capital theory to (a) understand the lived experiences of students in interdisciplinary doctoral programmes and (b) build programme design theory to support the development of social capital within such programmes. We present the results of 28 semi-structured interviews conducted with doctoral students from three European Union funded interdisciplinary research training networks to understand how they perceive the enhancers, inhibitors and manifestations of social capital within their networks. Key themes revolve around ‘extracting value from the interdisciplinary process’, ‘motivating students throughout the interdisciplinary programme journey’, and ‘relating to others both within and external to the programme’. We propose a framework for interdisciplinary programme design.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Interdisciplinarity; doctoral education; social capital; interdisciplinary; study program; healthcare education and training;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 14036
    Depositing User: Nicola Mountford
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2021 10:21
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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