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2017 Emerald/HETL Education Outstanding Doctoral Research AwardHETL logo


International recognition for the best doctoral research in education

Announcing the winners

Emerald Publishing and the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) are delighted to offer a grant award for a doctoral research project in the field of education. The award recognizes excellence in research in the field of education.

The winner will receive a cash prize, an award certificate, free registration to a HETL conference where they will have the option to present their paper, and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL book. In addition to the research award it is also hoped that the findings of the research can be published in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE).

Up to two Highly Commended Doctoral Research Awards will also be bestowed. Each winner will receive an award certificate and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL book.


Dr Paweł Atroszko

Dissertation Title: The structure of study addiction: Selected risk factors and the relationship with stress, stress coping and psychosocial functioning
Institution: University of Gdańsk
Doctoral Mentor: Mieczyslaw Ciosek

Highly Commended

Dr Yoshitaka Nakakoji

Dissertation Title: The Mathematics and Science Nexus and the Transfer of Mathematical Learning at University
Institution: The University of Sydney
Doctoral Mentor: Rachel Wilson

Dr Pilar Gómez del Rey

Dissertation Title: Quality Evaluation in Education: Two Measurement Instruments for Virtual Environments
Institution: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Doctoral Mentor: Elena Barbera and Francisco Fernández Navarro

About the judging panel

Emerald would like to thank the following members of the judging panel, co-ordinated by Dr Patrick Blessinger, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education:

  • Dr. Tina Bass, Coventry University, UK
  • Dr. Patrick Blessinger, St. John’s University, USA
  • Dr. Angelito Calma, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr. Barbara Cozza, St. John’s University, USA
  • Dr. Nancy Hensel, The New American Colleges and Universities, USA
  • Dr. Cath Jones, University of Glamorgan, UK
  • Dr. Corinne Laverty, Queen's University, Canada
  • Dr. Enakshi Kapur, The American University of Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Dr. Krassie Petrova, Auckland University of Technology, NZ
  • Dr. Luisa Soares, University of Madeira, Portugal
  • Dr. Rana Zeine, Saint James School of Medicine, Caribbean Netherlands

Awards topics

The dissertation topics accepted were in the areas of higher education, teaching/instruction, learning, curriculum, assessment, service, or any directly related area such as educational leadership, management, policy, development, research, technology, internationalization, teacher preparation, counselling, etc. See Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education for topic examples.

Judging criteria

The entries were judged by a panel of experts chosen from the JARHE Senior Editors and Editorial Advisory Board as well as the HETL Research and Innovation Advisory Board. Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  1. Significance/implications for theory, practice, and policy.
  2. Originality, innovation, and potential impact.
  3. Appropriateness, application, and rigor of methodology.
  4. Quality of data collection/analysis and research findings.

Short-listed applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. Winners will be required to submit an unpublished paper, sole- or joint-authored, derived from the research, within six months of winning the award. The panel reserves the right not to select a winning paper if, in their judgment, none of the entries are considered satisfactory.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final.

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