UNFOLDING WHAT?

The research process. More precisely, the manifold challenges that researchers at all career stages and across disciplines face in their daily work. Our aim is to collect proven working habits and reliable problem-solving techniques to share them with new generations of scholars.


We conduct focus groups to share, test and apply our problem-solving techniques. These are open to PhD students and early-career researchers. We present the strategies both on our website and by employing a method better suited for the research process: a printed deck of cards, with each colour-coded cards explaining one strategy.

Structure your work

We depend on our ability to form a realistic research plan. With no one telling you what to do, you need to organise and prioritise your own work. Unfolding Research can provide you with techniques to establish this clarity of direction.

Motivate yourself

Staying motivated, dealing with frustration, criticism or other disappointments can be tough. Even experienced researchers sometimes just want to crawl into a corner and cry. Learn from their experience and strengthen your determination to keep going in the face of adversity.

Connect with others

Research can be lonely, so your relationships with other people matter. We collect techniques to help you collaborate with colleagues, communicate your research, gather information and manage the relationship with your supervisor.

Conduct research

Research is about discovery and moving forward. Once stuck in rigidity, we must shift away from our old perspectives and ask ourselves new questions. Put on different glasses and see your research in a new light.

  • Researcher at King’s College  

    I wish this project existed when I was doing my Phd.

  • Workshop participant  

    Taking time to reflect on your own research practice is a really important part of the PhD. I would advise other students to attend your focus groups every 6 months or so and I will continue doing this myself.

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