Building capacity in ageing research: Implications from a survey of emerging researchers in Australia
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Objective: The National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Study (NERAS) set out to inform capacity-building efforts in ageing research. Its purpose was to identify the interest, attitudes and motives of PhD students to enter the field and factors influencing intention to remain. Method: A web-based survey was sent to 267 PhD students in ageing. It assessed attitudes towards older people and the importance of a variety of factors influencing students' interest and decision to engage in ageing research. Results: The response rate was 60% (n = 161). Positive attitudes, interest in ageing issues and concern for older people were key motivating factors to work or study in the field. Supervisors in ageing and initial interest in the field were key predictors of intention to remain in the field. Conclusions: NERAS is the first national study of emerging researchers in ageing and it provides important new knowledge with implications for capacity-building efforts. Key words: ageing, emerging researchers, ERA, gerontology, research capacity-building.
Australasian Journal on Ageing