This book is for first year PhD and Professional Doctorate students who want to make a positive and systematic start to their research journey. The book introduces the research design canvas, a design-thinking tool which you can use to simultaneously learn about academic research while bringing together the moving parts of your own project.
In the book, you’ll assess your understanding and feelings about ten key building blocks of academic research and corresponding questions. You’ll identify the starting point for your research and consider how to plan the first year of your journey. Finally, you’ll map out some key decisions and choices that will shape your research project by creating your own research design canvas.
Ben Ellway is an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra. Ben holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and founded academic toolkit to create tools to help plan, design, teach, evaluate, and publish research.