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Claire Aitchison

Doctoral Writing Consultant, Learning Centre, UNSW Sydney

Dr Claire Aitchison has been researching, publishing and supporting higher degree research students for more than two decades. Since leaving the Western Sydney University (1991-2013) she has worked at various universities most recently at UNSW, and as a consultant in Australia and abroad, she has designed and taught researcher development programs including and writing retreats across most disciplinary fields. Her research interests include pedagogies for research education, and traditional and contemporary research writing and publication practices. She has published widely in the field: she is coeditor of two Routlege publications: Writing groups for doctoral education and beyond: Innovations in practice and theory (with Cally Guerin 2014) and with Kamler and Lee (2010) Publishing pedagogies for the doctorate and beyond as well as numerous other publications on the doctoral experience and on doctoral writing. She is a founding editor of the popular blog Doctoral Writing SIG


  • –present
    Doctoral Writing Consultant, Learning Centre, UNSW Australia


  • 2007 
    University of Technology, Sydney, PhD