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Doctoral Supervision and External Examiners:

Following requests by delegates at the 2018 Autoethnography Conference for a resource to be created to enable students to find or connect with experienced practitioners of autoethnography, and particularly for doctoral students to find academics with experience of examining PhD autoethnographies and supervision, below you will find a list of academics who currently supervise and/or have examined doctoral research.  (this list is currently being edited). We would be happy to add names to this list, the list is not in any hierarchal order and is not achievement based. These academics simply offered their expertise.

Alec Grant, University of Brighton

Alec has an international reputation in autoethnography, having published single- and co-authored articles, book chapters and books using this methodology for over a decade. His co-authored autoethnographic work can be found in TQR (The Qualitative Report) and QI (Qualitative Inquiry), among other journals.

With Nigel Short and Lydia Turner, he co-edited Contemporary British Autoethnography (Sense Publishers, 2013), and more recently, with Lydia, Nigel and Tony Adams, International Perspectives on Autoethnographic Research and Practice (Routledge, 2018). These books were, respectively, the first UK and international collection of autoethnographic writing. In these texts, he has attempted to move the autoethnographic theoretical dialogue forward in a number of areas, including voice, subjectivity and the relationship between writer intent and reader response . 

Ken Gale, University of Plymouth

Jonathan Wyatt, University of Edinburgh

David Carless, Visiting Professor Queens University Belfast & University of Edinburgh


Kitrina Douglas, University of West London


Helen Spandler, University of Central Lancashire,

I am an  experienced PhD supervisor & examiner in the field of critical mental health & disability studies. I’m currently supervising 3 PhDs that use autoethnography, critical autobiography & creative writing.

Fiona Muray, University of Edinburgh


Ruth Fineegan FBA,

Emeritus Professor Social Sciences, Open  University,  anthropologist,  author of many well-regarded academic books ( further  details on and experienced PhD examiner
Areas of autoethnographic research and publication,include ( but not confined to) Music, Place, Transport, Dreaming/occult

Phiona Stanley, Edinburgh Napier University