Aug 12, 2018

A PhD should be about improving society, not chasing academic kudos

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I wish the academy would incentivise scholars to improve society, not chase citations. I want us to reimagine a PhD that is designed not to win kudos within the academic community, but rather aimed at discovering something new that will be useful for practitioners and have real social impact.

Too much research is aimed at insular academic circles rather than the real world. Let’s fix this broken system.

Julian Kirchherr

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