Volume 4 of The Open Review aligns with the SWDTP Student Conference 2017 theme of Research in a Changing World: Critical Approaches. This issue includes an array of articles and blogs related to this theme. These range from insightful discussions on the value of a digital presence for researchers, to papers examining topics of emotional and mental health while undertaking post-graduate research. The papers raise relevant issues during and after PhD study, and the future of academia. The issue finishes with an interview of Dr Frederick Harry Pitts, Lecturer in Management at the University of Bristol, who shares with us his love for research and his research interests in the future of work.