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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

HDR Philosophy

The ethos and research culture of CRSI is that we are a community of scholars at all stages of professional development and career pathways, including Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career research scholars, and senior research scholars. We do not have undergraduate students; Ph.D. supervision is the whole of our pedagogical focus. We expect that, as in all good communities, the members help each other. New PhD students are welcomed into this culture through introductions, morning tea, inductions into the logistics of offices, printers, computers, and so on. Our students are directly assisted by the supervisor (s) who have formal responsibilities, but also by the other students and by the post-doctoral fellows. Many of the senior supervisors in our Centre are scholars who have recently been appointed to positions at Macquarie. We know from years of experience that there is no one-size-fits-all pathway for achieving a Ph.D. and we are committed to facilitating the process through which each candidate shapes their own research trajectory. We believe that this is an important part of their professional development. They will become self-starting, motivated research scholars dedicated to addressing big questions and understanding the challenges of curiosity-driven research because they are guided toward achieving confidence in their own capabilities.

We are a multi-cultural community. Our students come from a range of national/international backgrounds, and bring the rich diversity of their lives and experiences into our Centre. Because our Ph.D. candidates are so diverse, we face a twin challenge: both to honour and work productively with their diversity, and to help them ensure that they meet the requirements of a Ph.D. according to Macquarie standards and international standards.

One of our main community-building events is a regular PhD student workshop, the focus of which engages dynamically with the research questions and issues students are confronting. Ph.D. students participate in these seminars right from the beginning of their candidature.

In the one-to-one relationship of supervisor-student, we are committed to theunderstanding that the roles of supervisor and student are exactly that: roles. We are working with a number of instruments to help us ensure that the roles are clear and that the relationship works well. At the same time, we are aware that in our multi-cultural community, where the research we and our Ph.D. students do is itself multi-cultural and oriented toward living beings, the essential participants in both research and Ph.D. training are not roles but rather full human beings. The importance of being/becoming a community of scholars is to generate a context in which all of us can flourish.