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Coping with loneliness: A netnographic study of doctoral students


This study aims to fill an empirical void in our understanding of how doctoral students, both domestic and international, cope with loneliness and isolation, and what types of tactics they use during different phases of their doctoral studies to overcome such issues.  Data gathered through a netnographic study show that loneliness is a major problem for both domestic and international students and that it occurs at different stages of the doctoral study. Tactics used by participants to deal with this issue include multiple forms of (face to face and online) social interaction, professional development and escape from the doctorate. The paper discusses avenues for further research alongside some practical recommendations that might be implemented at universities to decrease feelings of isolation among students and further reduce drop-out rates.

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Janta, Hania
Lugosi, Peter
Brown, Lorraine

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford School of Hospitality Management


Year of publication: 2014
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-04-21

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Further and Higher Education on 23/10/2012, available online:

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