The Ph.D. genre captures the complexity and plurality of practices generally confronting doctoral scholars, creating challenges and at times contributing to wellbeing concerns. The arrival of COVID-19 has exacerbated such challenges with its associated mandatory self-isolation and other imposed measures, leading to explicit and implicit impact on members of the doctoral community. This autoethnographic study draws upon the collective reflections of a group of researchers as they explored practical ways of fostering and supporting mental health and wellbeing within the doctoral community. Our study highlights three aspects for consideration: (a) a holistic understanding of doctoral wellbeing as key, (b) the interconnection between doctoral scholars’ and staff members’ well-being, and (c) communities serving as avenues to psychological wellness.


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Elliot, D., Swingler, M., Gardani, M., Pacheco, E. & Boyle, J. 2023, '‘Let’s talk about well-being!’: Fostering interdependence in doctoral communities', Research and Teaching in a Pandemic World, pp. 481-496. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-7757-2_32

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