Early career researchers’ identity positions based on research experiences

Carles Monereo, Eva Liesa

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This study analyses early career researchers’ identity positions from a dialogical-self perspective and their experiences when facing significant research events over their career trajectory. An idiographic longitudinal approach, based on the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), and a narrative methodology were used. Five social science researchers at the beginning of their careers fulfilled a Journey Plot and participated in longitudinal in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Seven researchers’ identity positions emerged from the phenomenological analysis: administrative, tutored-student, academic writer, subject content learner, research designer, academic speaker, and research community member. Results also showed differences in positions’ frequency and distribution when considering research and teaching careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-210
Number of pages18
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Doctoral studies
  • early career researchers
  • higher education
  • identity positions
  • significant experiences


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