Forces & Forms Network

The Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) at the University of Washington, Seattle, founded the Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education Worldwide Network (F&F Network) by hosting a series of international workshops. Participants invited to these workshops have formed a dynamic network of researchers and experts dedicated to meeting today’s critical knowledge and policy needs in doctoral education worldwide.

Network members represent key countries and regions, including both developed and developing nations, underrepresented populations, as well as one international institution, the European University Institute, and include various disciplinary backgrounds ranging from astronomy to engineering to zoology. Members are key players in doctoral education and play leading roles in reform and innovation in their respective nations. They are in a position to provide information and data on global changes in doctoral education, as well as being the messengers who take recommendations from research synthesis workshops and other collaborations back to their respective countries and universities; helping disseminate policies that aim to educate socially responsible researchers around the globe.


                                                             The Network

The network is a vehicle for exchange and centralization of information and research findings, and is a means of stimulating the production and synthesis of knowledge about innovations in doctoral education. The network provides members with a platform for working together across disciplines and national boundaries. It allows the expertise of members from around the world to be tapped by other members and policy makers and provides a centralized source of information on doctoral education worldwide.


1. Move a broad coalition of scholars, policy makers, funders and administrators toward a better grasp of the issues of graduate education across nations and further international collaboration.

2. Encourage information sharing among participants about innovations and best practices currently shaping doctoral programs – establishing an international knowledge exchange.

3. Work toward establishing greater inclusiveness within the realm of doctoral education of underrepresented groups.

4. Examine ways in which issues can be addressed in policy to foster the education and training of leadership for a knowledge-based society in a global economy.

Many of our network members have been involved since the first workshop in 2005. Some have not been able to attend all of the workshops, but have kept in contact and collaborated with the other members. In addition, new members have been invited for each workshop.