You don’t get to formally pick your examiners, but you can usually steer the selection in conversation with your supervisors. They’re the ones who have to sign off on the choice. As you’ll likely be consulted, it’s a good idea to have some names to share. Perhaps start with the following process:
- Make a list of all of the people you’ve met at conferences who might be credible examiners.
- Make a list of all of the staff from your department who could be good choices.
- Make a list of any researchers you have cited who might be interested.
- Make a list of any academics you think are nice or agreeable.
- Make a list of any researchers who could be a good addition to your network.
Five lists. If any names are duplicated, put them at the top of a new, master list of possible examiners.
Now when you talk with your supervisors you have some good names to explore in the discussion.