The book 'The PhD at the End of the World: Provocations for the Doctorate and a Future Contested' examines the role of the PhD, in and of itself, and, as representative of research, the university and evidence-based knowledge, in relation to the most pressing problem of our time: the climate emergency.
The idea for the book came out of a deep and strongly held conviction of the need to do something about this problem via the PhD. The volume took shape in what is now known as Australia’s Black Summer of catastrophic climate-induced bush fire and was brought to completion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The assembled essays, or provocations, address the future of the PhD and how this advanced research degree may respond to, and hopefully contribute to averting or ameliorating, the predicted environmental catastrophe. It explores different ways of thinking about and doing PhDs to meet the global challenges we all face, particularly the deteriorating state of the world’s climate and the escalation of the invidious politics of climate change and post-truth challenges to evidence-based science.
The book assembles a highly disciplinary and geographically diverse group of leading research educators and scholars reflecting on these important issues.
This launch, will include a introduction of the book and an informal, fireside chat with a selection of contributors. Topics explored include:
Robyn Barnacle, Associate Professor, School of Graduate Research, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Søren Bengtsen, Associate Professor, Co-Director of CHEF, Chair of PaTHES, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark