In an ideal case, doctoral candidates and their respective supervisors cooperate in a fair and productive work climate, in which differing assessments and views are seen as a source of enrichment and chance for development.
In any long-term relationship, however, a misunderstanding, contrast of interests etc. may lead to tensions that put a strain on your further communication/cooperation. Finding oneself in such a position is awkward enough, to avoid any possible escalation both parties should address the problem frankly and look for a fair solution.
If you do not wish to face such a sensitive talk with your supervisor on your own or should your supervisor and you not succeed in finding a constructive solution to your conflict, you can always turn to the department´s conflict counselling for assistance.
In the Department of Political and Social Sciences four professors,
Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders, Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science
Prof. Dr. Carola Richter, Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Prof. Dr. Christian von Scheve, Institute of Sociology
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
have agreed to serve as liaisons between doctoral candidates and their supervisors in case of conflict.
Should you be in need of advice or support you can get in touch with any of these liaisons, it does not have to be the representative of the field you wish to attain your doctorate in.