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Professor Lynn McAlpine

Visiting Professor

County South



Research overview

I am particularly interested in and have been researching for some time the career trajectories of early career researchers in and outside the academy. Since this research, conducted in the UK, Europe and Canada, has personal, pedagogical and policy implications, I often have the opportunity to give presentations and workshops.  

Recent publications include:


  • Inouye, K., & McAlpine, L. (2019). Developing Researcher Identity: A Review of the Literature on Doctoral Writing and Feedback. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 14,

  • McAlpine, L., & Austin, N. (2018). Humanities PhD graduates: Desperately seeking careers? Canadian Journal of Higher Education. 48 (2), 1-19.

  • McAlpine, L., Pyhalto, K., & Castello, M. (2018). Building a more robust conception of early career researcher experience: What might we be overlooking? Studies in Continuing Education. 40 (2), 149-165. 

  • Mitra, M., & McAlpine, L. (2017). A balancing act: the interaction between the work and broader lives of male and female early career researchers. Higher Education Review. 50 (1), 5-34.

  • McAlpine, L. (2017).Building on success? Future challenges for doctoral education globally.Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. 8 (2), 66-77.

  • Skakni, I., & McAlpine, L. (2017). Post-PhD researchers’ experiences: An emotionally rocky road. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. 8 (2), 205-219.the Post PhD Experience. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.



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