Olivia Davis

PhD candidate

Research focus: The relationship between humans and animals as a co-constitutive role in organisational life

I love that my PhD allows me to come to the office every day and work towards something that is professionally advantageous, but also extremely fulfilling on a personal level. Not many other ‘jobs’ allow the creative freedom to pursue a research agenda of your own, developing your ideas in such a supportive setting.

To be able to say that I am going to receive my PhD from a Group of Eight member was a big consideration when looking where to apply. In the competitive academic job market, this accreditation means that Monash graduates may have a favourable edge over applicants from non-Go8 universities. Furthermore, with the largest number of management scholars and lecturers in the Asia-Pacific region, Monash PhD candidates are inducted into a massive global network of knowledge, experience and resources. While these factors are important in a professional sense, the people at Monash that I encounter on an everyday basis are what really make the PhD experience so enjoyable and rewarding.

After establishing a wonderfully supportive relationship with my supervisors during my Honours year, Monash was my first choice when applying for my PhD. Even though I’d only been at Monash for a year, I couldn’t imagine leaving. And it’s not just my supervisors, but the whole community of both academic and professional staff who go out of their way to support, encourage, constructively challenge and inspire with their commitment to, and passion for, continuous learning.