Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

The 'Industrialization' of Doctoral Training? A Study of the Experiences of Doctoral Students and Supervisors in the French Life Sciences

Abstract : There is growing concern that academic work is becoming more and more 'industrialized' in various disciplinary and institutional settings - that the work practices, professional identities and values of academia are becoming similar to those of the private sector. While most studies discuss this topic in the context of senior scientists, this paper considers doctoral training in the life-sciences in France, and, more specifically, analyzes changes in the doctoral experiences over the last four decades. Interviews with doctoral students and supervisors allow for tracking shifts in how French life-scientists defi ne the values of doctoral training in their daily activities. Our results challenge the idea of some univocal and radical 'industrialization' of doctoral training, instead showing a strong interplay between continuity and change. The core values of doctoral training remain, but the rationales for promoting diff erent aspects of doctoral studies have changed, and increasingly depend on how French life-scientists position themselves in the context of contemporary imperatives of institutional relevance and scientific competition.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [56 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00969343
Contributor : Séverine Louvel <>
Submitted on : Friday, December 7, 2018 - 1:09:59 PM
Last modification on : Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:28:31 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Friday, March 8, 2019 - 2:46:07 PM

File

Louvel Science and Technology ...
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : halshs-00969343, version 1

Collections

UGA | CNRS | PACTE

Citation

Séverine Louvel. The 'Industrialization' of Doctoral Training? A Study of the Experiences of Doctoral Students and Supervisors in the French Life Sciences. Science & Technology Studies, Finnish Association for Science and Technology Studies, 2012, 25 (2), pp.23-45. ⟨halshs-00969343⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

216

Files downloads

76