TITLE: ‘Mind the Gap-From the land of the PhD to the real world research space’
This keynote explores the local realities of ‘life after the PhD’ for one alumni researcher, caught in the liminal space as a novice researcher, among seasoned researchers. Navigating the ideological, practical, logistical and personal decisions of a novice researcher, I explore and present some research stories of success and struggle. This keynote prompts us to reflect on what it is we research, and whom we engage in our research worlds. It aims to stimulate engagement and conversation about why and for whom, we do research. This keynote challenges us to consider how we use research to generate new thinking and to contemplate how research can reliably reform policy and instigate critical and continued educational renewal.