Webinar – International students: lost dreams?

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, researchers in the doctoral education community have been quick to explore how the pandemic is influencing doctoral supervision and the experiences of doctoral students. In this 1.5-hour webinar, we will have a more specific focus on international doctoral students – the challenges and opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to international doctoral students and their supervisors. In line with IDERN’s focus on doctoral education research, three provocateurs will pose questions on this issue from supervisors and students’ perspectives. Following the three provocations, we will break into groups to discuss the implications of and assumptions about international/intercultural doctoral education we may now need to rethink, as well as an emergent research agenda for this area in light of the pandemic.

The following are some details of the webinar:

Host: Linlin Xu

Please The webinar is done via Zoom. Please send an email to Linlin Xu (linlin.xu@auckland.ac.nz) by 9 April 2021 to receive the Zoom link for the webinar.

Speakers and topics:

  • Dely Lazarte Elliot & Kara A. Makara (UK) – Sailing through the pandemic via the camaraderie of an online scholarly community
    • This presentation features a case of Scottish-based international doctoral students whose regular group meetings before the lockdown urgently shifted into online mode following the mandated ’social distancing’. Based on two doctoral supervisors’ perspectives, the immediate and long-term pedagogical impact of the move will be explored, particularly for a group of scholars for whom doctoral isolation became intensified by the ‘working-from-home’ mode.
    • Dely Lazarte Elliot has an interdisciplinary background in education, counselling psychology and the psychology of education, her research specialises in the experiences of international doctoral scholars.
    • Kara A. Makara has a research interest in how social interactions in educational settings influence motivation and learning.
  • Li Bao (NZ) – An international doctoral student’s autoethnography of academic identity formation during the pandemic
    • The presentation is about an international doctoral student’s live experiences of academic identity formation during the pandemic. The identity formation is influenced by the academic discourses in the host (NZ) and home (China) countries, as well as the feedback from significant others.
    • Li Bao is a third-year doctoral student in the University of Auckland and currently exploring Chinese women academics’ perception of doctoral education.
  • Rachel Spronken-Smith & Kim Brown (NZ) – The Impacts of COVID-19 on early career trajectories and mobility of recent doctoral graduates from Aotearoa New Zealand universities
    • This presentation explores the impact of the pandemic on the mobility and career choices of recent doctoral graduates, particularly international graduates from New Zealand universities, in order to better support their transition to careers.
    • Rachel Spronken-Smith is interested in researching aspects of doctoral education and graduate outcomes.
    • Kim Brown oversees professional development programmes for research candidates and joins Rachel with researching aspects of doctoral education.

The event is finished.


Apr 13 2021


CET (7:30 pm NZST)
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Online Event