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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, Leeds Beckett University (biography below)

Kitrina Douglas, Leeds Beckett University

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

I’ve examined ten HDR theses as external (for Uni Adelaide, UWA. UQ, Monash Uni, UWS, and Macquarie, incl 8 PhDs and 2 Masters by research, and I’ve marked maybe 50 minor theses as part of masters degrees (at UNSW in Sydney and before that at UniSA in Adelaide). I’ve supervised 6 PhD theses. My bio is here:

The steering group for the 2019 British Autoethnography Conference includes:

Kandis Douglas

IMG_7384Kandis is an experienced computer practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Her focus is on software, database and web service development and management. A particular area of interest and expertise is that of relational database technologies where she has both development and support experience of MS SQL Server 6.5, 7, 2000, 2003 and 2008 including technologies such as T-SQL, replication, XML services, DTS/SSIS and SSRS.

During her time as IT Manager at BioScientifica Ltd, Kandis was responsible for services such as conference management systems, abstract submission systems and membership record systems. She worked on projects for The Society for Endocrinology, The British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, The European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, The European Society of Endocrinology, The Pituitary Society and The British Fertility Society, it is a culmination of these skills and expertise that Kandis brings to the “behind the scenes” conference management.

If all of the above is not enough…Kandis is also studying for a degree in theology, and is single working mother who enjoys the challenges of her profession, particularly the innovative and creative thinking needed to make effective use of technology to improve systems and processes. Alongside these roles she volunteers as a Duty Manager at a woman’s homeless shelter in Bristol proactively advocating for the needs of individual’s  who are disadvantaged and disempowered within our culture.

DC 3David Carless

My professional background spans the performing arts, education and psychology – all of which inform the interdisciplinary social research I am immersed in as a professor of narrative psychology at Leeds Beckett University. Arts-based and performative collaborations with Kitrina Douglas incorporate songwriting, storytelling, filmmaking and live performance to create social research that is meaningful, relevant and accessible beyond academia In the public realm, our research is available as a series of live performances, audio CD’s and films (see Within academia we have published our work as journal articles, books and book chapters as well as performing and presenting at conferences around the world.

Tim Buescher

Tim Buescher

I am part of a relatively young mental health nursing team at the University of Hull where I teach student mental health nurses about research. Although I have only had a permanent position at my institution for two years, I have been doing this for four years. My doctoral research began as an exploration of help-seeking in family members of compulsive hoarders and became a mutual exploration with a co-researcher of why we value some things and ideas over others and how we go on with disrupted and messy (hi)stories. In writing this, I have had to “come out” as a mental health practitioner uneasy with the position, language and politics of mental health care.

Andrew Gillott

Andrew works in high-performance sport in the UK and elsewhere, supporting coaches and sport science practitioners in their developmental journey. He is a doctoral researcher in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University.