A1 Journal article (refereed)
The spatiotemporal dimension of doctoral education : a way forward (2021)

Aarnikoivu, M. (2021). The spatiotemporal dimension of doctoral education : a way forward. Studies in Higher Education, 46(11), 2431-2443. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2020.1723530

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Publication details

All authors or editorsAarnikoivu, Melina

Journal or seriesStudies in Higher Education



Publication year2021


Issue number11

Pages range2431-2443


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67794


For an individual doctoral student, doctoral education happens in multiple spaces across a considerable amount of time. However, the existing literature and conceptualisations of doctoral education do not adequately address the spatiotemporal dimension related to it. By using the concept of scales, this article examines how the social action of doing doctoral studies is affected by space and time. As a mode of inquiry, I use nexus analysis, which allows the analyst to spotlight issues that routinely go unnoticed by scholars, policy-makers but also doctoral students themselves. Based on the analysis, I argue that to theorise doctoral education further, its spatiotemporal dimension has to be examined more closely and considered more seriously than is currently being done by higher education scholars.

Keywordsdoctoral educationsocial relationsspacetime

Free keywordsdoctoral education; nexus analysis; scales; social action; space; time

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Reporting Year2021

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