CERC & CHERA Joint Online Seminar

From a PhD experience to a PhD “publish or perish” experience in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau: a concerning trend for current PhD education and for future science and academia

Date: February 16, 2023 (Thursday) (Hong Kong Time)

Time: 17:00  – 18:30

Format: Zoom

Chair: Nutsa Kobakhidze Assistant Professor & Director of Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC), HKU


Hugo Horta Associate Professor & Director of the Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia (CHERA), HKU

Huan Li PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong.


Publication pressure is perceived to be filtering down into doctoral education worldwide. We explore the causes and effects of the perceived centrality of publishing among doctoral students. We find that the credentialisation of publications in the increasingly competitive and publication-dominant academic labour market results in publishing-centred doctoral journeys. We emphasise the need for a more comprehensive evaluation of candidates’ abilities and honours in academic recruitment and call for policies to curtail the overemphasis on research output in academic evaluations.