Isaure Delaporte

Economics PhD

The faculty is very welcoming. The PhD students come from many different countries, and we are a very close-knit group.

Why did you choose Kent for your PhD?

I wanted to do my PhD in an international environment in which I could meet people from different backgrounds. The location of the University – in Canterbury – and its facilities were also reasons why I got interested in coming here. Finally, the School of Economics provides scholarships for PhDs and getting funding when undertaking a PhD is important.

 What are you researching?

My current research deals with migration issues, labour economics, development economics and identity. More specifically, during my PhD, I have been focusing on the economic and cultural integration of migrants in their host countries.

 What are you particularly enjoying about your time here?

The faculty is very welcoming. The PhD students come from many different countries, and we are a very close-knit group. We support each other, we can talk to each other when we face difficulties in our research.

I also enjoy learning about different topics and having the opportunity to attend seminars in which people from different universities come to present their work. It is a stimulating environment in which you thrive to challenge yourself.

How have you found the supervision process?

I appreciate having two supervisors who provide feedback and suggestions when I need it but, at the same time, give me the flexibility to work on topics that I select and let me find solutions on my own. I believe it is an effective way for me to learn how to become an independent researcher.

How does postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?

As a postgraduate student, you learn how to be independent in your work. You also learn how to take the initiative and challenge yourself on your own. It is a very enriching experience.

How have you funded your studies?

I have received a scholarship from the University of Kent in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

What skills do you think you have gained that will help you to become more employable?

My PhD has taught me how to conduct research effectively. I have improved my communication and presentation skills by presenting my work to several conferences, and I have learnt how to work under pressure, manage my time and respect deadlines. I have also gained experience in teaching.

 What are you planning to do next?

I want to do a post-doc or work as a lecturer in a university in the UK. I want to continue to develop myself and gain more skills.

 Any advice for those thinking about taking a research degree at Kent?

When you apply, you don’t need to have a precise idea of your research topic and supervisors. Once you start, you will have time to make your decision. And allow yourself to take this time to think, as this will be crucial in determining your PhD experience and career opportunities.