“Doctoral Success, Well-being and Beyond” – A Virtual Workshop for BASAS PGR Scholars

Tuesday 20th February 2024

08:00 to 13:00 GMT

Welcome to the “Doctoral Success, Well-being and Beyond” BASAS Workshop!

We invite PhD students to join us for an interactive workshop on 20th February 2024 from 8:00 to 13:00 GMT. The workshop includes sessions aimed at research students and their various milestones throughout a doctoral degree. The goal is to help students negotiate different phases of their PhD journey and the varying challenges each phase presents. The sessions are open to students undertaking research degrees (MPhil, PhD, or professional doctorates) no matter what stage of their degree they are in. Your facilitators are:

  • Prof PB Anand is Professor of Public Policy and Sustainable Development and Head of the Department of Peace Studies and International Development, and principal editor of Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economies (Oxford University Press). Professor Anand has supervised over 15 students to successful completion of their PhD and has external examined PhDs in a number of UK universities including Cambridge, Southampton, Surrey, Manchester and Heriot-Watt.
  • Dr Alex Waterman is a researcher in international relations, politics and security studies and has been a research fellow at the German Development Institute before joining University of Bradford as a Lecturer in Peace Studies and International Development. His research interests include India and in particular Nagaland and most recently he has been a guest editor of a commemorative 25th anniversary special issue of the esteemed journal Civil Wars.
  • Dr Anisha Samantara is currently a Lecturer in Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford having completed her PhD recently at this university with an UKRI QR Reserarch Grant. Prior to that she has been a Commonwealth Scholarship holder at the University of Glasgow for her MA in development studies.

Each doctoral experience is unique in its own way and what makes the journey enjoyable is having the right support and skills. This workshop will touch upon some key challenges faced by students and how to develop the skills to overcome them. Whether you have just started or are already nearing the end of your thesis journey, these sessions will highlight some useful information and tips to make your journey a positive and fulfilling experience.

Some of the themes include: a master class on publishing and collaborative work, negotiating challenges during fieldwork, introductions and reflections on research-related skills and career development. The sessions will cover a wide range of topics centred around researcher development, engagement, impact as well as mental well-being and resilience.

This is a great opportunity for PhD students to get involved and engage with peers, fellow PhD students and academics. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and have discussions related to careers after PhD, student well-being, undertaking your viva and how to get published and more.

For any queries related to this workshop, please contact the workshop convenors:

Prof Anand: p.b.anand@bradford.ac.uk

Dr Anisha Samantara: a.samantara2@bradford.ac.uk

Dr Alex Waterman: a.waterman@bradford.ac.uk

Please note that you will need to have a current BASAS membership in order to attend this workshop. You can join BASAS here.

Registration Form:

Once you have joined BASAS, you will need to register for the workshop here.

Zoom Link:

To find the zoom link for this workshop, log in to the Members’ Area of the BASAS website and scroll down.