The Hannover Recommendations on Doctoral Education 2019 › view all


Seven Recommendations to Improve Doctoral Education Worldwide

From September 2-6, 2019, a group of more than 150 experts from around the world, education researchers together with leaders of doctoral education, Early Career Researchers and funding agency representatives, met at an international conference in Hanover to discuss "Forces and Forms in Doctoral Education Worldwide". The conference was jointly organized by the University of Bremen including BIGSSS and CIRGE (Center for Innovation & Research in graduate Education).

The organizers are grateful for the active engagement of all experts and participants and for generous support by the Volkswagen Foundation for the conference. Over several months five expert working groups produced position papers which were presented and discussed at the conference. The joint expert group with input from the participants has seven recommendations to improve doctoral education worldwide, to facilitate the development of the researchers of the future around the globe, and to develop a more inclusive and respectful research environment.

 Dowload the Hannover Recommendations on Doctoral Education.


The advancement of doctoral education is an ongoing project. We are convinced that one of the basic conditions for progress is a broad discourse not only among the academic public, but also among institutions that frame any society’s research system. Should the topics and the outcome of this conference appeal to you, we would be pleased if you would pass them on to your colleagues. Feel free to contact me at any time should you have questions or comments on the recommendations, the (informal) network, its planned activities and the ‘Hannover Recommendations’. Of course, we would be happy about anybody who joins our group:

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You might also be interested in this Tagesspiegel article (Nov 6, 2019, in German) or this article "On Hegemony and Global Doctoral Education" (Nov 7, 2019) by Christian Peters and Mark Juergensmeyer (UC Santa Barbara).