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Emotional Labour in Research

14 November 2022 @ 10:00 - 12:00

This session considers the emotional labour performed by doctoral researchers. This is because these researchers are a population who commonly intersect four key areas: (1) being new to research, (2) engaging in empirical research, (3) researching sensitive or emotive topics and (4) engaging with vulnerable people and groups. Cumulatively this results in doctoral researchers experiencing research in an acutely emotional and challenging way.

Starting with an introduction to the concept of emotional labour, we then explore participants’ own research projects in terms of emotions and emotional labour, coping strategies, and support. As an outcome to the session we will create a document highlighting what help and support students need to recognise and deal with the emotional labour required for their research. The session will finish with a Q&A.

Session Preparation:

• Read – Waters, J., Westaby, C., Fowler, A., & Phillips, J. (2020). The emotional labour of doctoral criminological researchers. Methodological Innovations. https://doi.org/10.1177/2059799120925671

• Reflect – on your own research experience.

• Complete – the ‘Emotional Labour in Research – Student Reflective Template’ which will be sent to all attendees after booking.

The session, which is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) programme but open to all Sheffield Hallam researchers, will be led by Dr Jake Phillips.

This session is being delivered online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided after booking.

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14 November 2022
10:00 - 12:00
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Online via Zoom
United Kingdom


Sheffield Hallam Doctoral School
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