Forskning om svensk forskarutbildning åren 2000–2020

Translated title of the contribution: Research on Swedish Doctoral Education 2000–2020

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In this scoping review we map Swedish research on Swedish doctoral education in order to illustrate the physical and scientific configuration of the field from 2000 to 2020. The database Swepub was used to identify licentiate theses, doctoral theses, and peer reviewed articles. Subsequently the material was analysed through descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. The physical configuration of the field consists of 122 publications, including 14 theses and 108 articles published in 71 journals. The geographical and institutional/departmental distribution of the publications is generally very wide, and the majority of the first authors are women (64%). In the configuration of the scientific field, qualitative methodologies dominate (70%) while the content is focused on studying doctoral education as a (1) Pedagogical activity, (2) System and existence, (3) Non-traditional knowledge environment, (4) Gendered and cultural environment, (5) Career opportunity, or as (6) Scientific production. Results also show that doctoral students’ (research)careers, and non-traditional knowledge environments, respectively, receive more emphasis after 2015. In the discussion, we highlight how the research follows various political agendas over time. From previously primarily approaching doctoral education as “education” in line with the increasing demands for quality in educational policies, it has now become more common to approach doctoral education as an interface for “research” and “collaboration with industry” along with the increased demands for excellence in research, interdisciplinarity, and benefits to the wider society during the second decade of the 2000s.
Translated title of the contributionResearch on Swedish Doctoral Education 2000–2020
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)78-116
Number of pages39
JournalHögre utbildning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Educational Sciences

Free keywords

  • third cycle
  • doctoral student
  • supervisor
  • thesis
  • gender


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