About Us

The Whisper Collective is inspired by art collectives who, through the ages, have come together with shared purpose and vision. We value openness, generosity and kindness and search out others who share these values. This site is a space for us to collaborate and curate the web so you can connect with the best research education writers, educators and creators.

Thesis Whisperer

Just like the horse whisperer, but with more pages…

The Thesis Whisperer has been around for more than a decade, providing free advice and tips for PhD students around the world. Professor Inger Mewburn, who edits and authors content on the blog is the director of researcher development at the Australian National University in Canberra.

More than 9 million people have visited and browsed through over 600,000 words of content written by professional researcher developers and students alike. Visit for advice on anything PhD related – you might be surprised what you find!

Research Whisperer

The Research Whisperer’s all about researcher lives and experiences, finding out how to build a research track-record, and being part of an international community of scholars and research professionals who want academia to be a better place. We’re here to help and encourage, and we do this by sharing strategies, practical tips, and insightful perspectives.

We want to stimulate conversations, so our posts will be opinionated, hopefully constructive, and occasionally exploratory. The Research Whisperer was founded in 2011 by Dr Tseen Khoo (La Trobe University) and Jonathan O’Donnell, who have written regularly for the blog across the last decade. They work with guest authors from all over the world, actively soliciting content for the blog from our wonderful collegial networks.

Wellbeing Whisperer

The Wellbeing Whisperer, just like The Thesis Whisperer and The Research Whisperer, but with a focus on reminding us our self-care and wellbeing are worthy of our attention in high education. This The Wellbeing Whisperer blog and website resources (run through www.exploreandcreateco.com) is a space to support your thinking and wonderings associated to life, wellness, mindfulness, education, and the balancing act we all find ourselves in as we negotiate higher education.

It is about the popping in and out of these inquiries – the shifts, manoeuvring, challenges and celebrations of how we understand, share and generate knowledge, and create meaning making. The blog is edited by Associate Professor Narelle Lemon who is located at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.