‘The lived experience of undertaking research higher degrees while living with a disability’
Funding: School of Social & Policy Studies, Flinders University
This pilot study at Flinders University aims to identify practices that support the research education and wellbeing of research higher degree (RHD) students who live with a disability or health condition. To develop a better understanding of RHD students’ lived experiences, qualitative data was generated by asking each participant to write about their personal experiences before taking part in an in-depth interview. The research team are currently undertaking collaborative qualitative analysis, viewing the data across multiple theoretical perspectives. A preliminary finding is emerging from the perspective of ‘crip time’ (Kafer, Price and others), illuminating how participants, through the lifespan of their research projects, seem to develop flexible ways of negotiating the normative-institutional timeframes for research degree progress and completion.