DST-CPR-IISc Policy Lecture Series

Lecture 3

Challenges and opportunities in research education and training:

From governmental policies to individual commitments to a focus on sustainable development goals including social justice

Date: 15th February, 2022    |   Time 4:00 PM – 5:30PM (IST)

This talk will provide the context to the experience of policy scholars by presenting macro- and micro-level changes in doctoral education and postdoctoral training worldwide. For 25 years, globalization and an increasing size of a middle-class in many countries around the world, have moved governmental attention to doctoral education and research for innovation. Governments, hereby, followed the economic model that views knowledge as a critical national resource for economic growth, innovation, and international competitiveness.The predominant models of research education reforms used by governments were monetary incentives often in forms of direct funding to universities for desired outcomes and competitive funding schemes for doctoral and postdoctoral programs with specified characteristics. The positive and negative consequences will be illustrated.

The way forward encourages the policy scholars to not only to work hard, but to develop and internalize a sustainability mindset and use the space and time now to question the status quo, to examine the reproduction of inequality, and to become aware and prepare for their future ethical leadership.

About the Speaker


Prof. Maresi Nerad

Professor for Higher Education at the University of Washington,

Visiting Professor at DST-CPR, IISc.

Prof. Maresi Nerad is the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education, Professor for Higher Education at the University of Washington and a Visiting Professor at the DST Centre for Policy Research at IISc, Bengaluru. Her work focuses on a broad range of issues in doctoral education and in early research careers worldwide. She has undertaken evaluation research for flagship interdisciplinary doctoral programs in the U.S., Germany and for the European Commission. She has written and edited 5 books and published numerous articles on doctoral education. 

For more details on her work, click here.

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