This post chronicles a multi-year journey I embarked upon as a doctoral student: a journey to create a database of higher education journals and conferences (which you can find linked at the end of the post).
For a while now, university rankings have been intensely debated all over the world. Despite the prevailing sentiment among academics that rankings are harming the academic profession, the actual resistance to this practice is – at best – scattered and not sufficiently heard, especially at the international level, which is where the most influential of rankings are produced.
SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education is an annual event, organised in Newport, South Wales every December. Before the main conference, which takes place from Wednesday to Friday, there is a Newer and Early Career Researchers Conference organised on the day before. This is an excellent arena for early career researchers to present their work in a relaxed atmosphere, and to meet peers from all over the world.
Many of us struggle with academic writing. Native English speakers or not, most of us spend a considerable time trying to put our thoughts together in a coherent and meaningful way, endlessly rewriting and rearranging our sentences and paragraphs, adjusting the argument for the journal of choice, choosing among references, and not least polishing the style and vocabulary and fixing the grammar. […]
One of ECHER’s aims is to provide relevant information about higher education research events to early-career scholars. With this in mind, we have put together a list of more than 50 events of note for higher education researchers, mostly made of conferences, summer schools and workshops. […]
Experienced scholars describe writing as joining conversations within a particular field of interest (Patriotta 2017). Having analyzed his experience of editing the Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Review, and Organization Studies, Gerardo Patriotta suggests that a text-building strategy has to start with the identification of a ‘good’ conversation that provides the baseline for a contribution. […]
Probably everyone remembers his or her first time attending a big international conference. When you are fresh to the academic community and you would like to schedule an appointment with well-known researchers in your field and build your network, but you do not know where and how to start and who can be of […]
Melissa Laufer and Meta Gorup, doctoral candidates at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG) at Ghent University in Belgium, have recently published an article in which they present and analyze stories of international doctoral students who have decided to discontinue their studies. […]
In what is now a classic paper, Paul DiMaggio and Walter Powell (1983) explained that companies/firms in any given field (loosely speaking, an industry) often resemble each other after a time. They described how the process of becoming similar – of organisational isomorphism […]
You are half-way through your research and you are starting to think about the options you have regarding publishing. There are many journals out there, but how to tell which is the right one for your study? When it comes to journal publishing, one thing you need to consider is the audience. […]