She Pushed Me, and I Flew: A Duoethnographical Story From Supervisors in Flight


  • Jacquie Kidd University of Auckland
  • Mary Patricia Finlayson Charles Darwin University



doctoral supervision, duoethnography, doctoral student, creative thesis


Sometimes the different versions of a story should not be reduced to a single "truth," although it is often the role of researchers to do just that. Duoethnography is a methodology that allows multiple views of the same event(s) to be examined, each from within its own context, without the expectation of a final resolution.

In this article we use a duoethnographical approach to explore the supervisor-doctoral student dynamic that occurred during the production of a creative thesis from within a science-focused faculty. We experiment with the idea that duoethnography can assist us to negotiate the power relations of pedagogy in telling the story of our relationship, without the need to privilege one voice over another.

The article has a dual focus: to inform supervision practices, and to show how we went about the process of "doing" duoethnography. It is (re)presented as a series of conversations, (re)constituted from many messy interactions that took place over a period of three months in 2012.



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Author Biographies

Jacquie Kidd, University of Auckland

Jacquie KIDD is Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. She has a particular interest in the use of creative methodologies to research in the areas of social justice and mental health, and Maori health. She has published autoethnographical plays and poetry in Qualitative Inquiry and Contemporary Nurse, and kaupapa Maori research in AlterNative.

Mary Patricia Finlayson, Charles Darwin University

Mary FINLAYSON is an experienced researcher and postgraduate research supervisor. She has been the principal supervisor for over 45 successful completions at Masters and PhD level. She is currently the Director of the Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing at Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia, and the Associate Dean Research and Research Training in the faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment at the same university.




How to Cite

Kidd, J., & Finlayson, M. P. (2015). She Pushed Me, and I Flew: A Duoethnographical Story From Supervisors in Flight. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16(1).



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