As an early career researcher in earth system governance there are many opportunities to develop your research, skills and professional network. At the same time, the world of academia can sometimes seem daunting. Making the most out of academic conferences, publishing your first (or second, third, fourth..) journal article, starting to teach, writing reviews, defending your PhD, acquiring funding, and balancing all these different activities without neglecting your mental and physical health. Within the Earth System Governance project we like to support each other as early career researchers. Therefore we have set up the early career communications. We aim to collect and share resources and experiences including advice from mid-career and senior scholars, experiences from early-career colleagues, online resources relevant to our field, and more. The early career communications will be send out approximately 4 times per year. If you would like to receive it please sign up here.
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On this page we will collect resources for early career Research Fellows of the Earth System Governance Project that have previously been posted in the early career communications.
Podcasts: advice from mid-career and senior scholars
Professional networks – particularly with people that are not already close to you – supply you with job opportunities, publication opportunities and grant application opportunities (not to mention some great friendships here and there). In this brief, we want to share networking and collaboration strategies that have worked well for us and that might work well for you too. Read the brief here.
From March 2020 onwards, with the increasingly global spread and unpredictable evolution of the pandemic, many conference organizers were faced with difficult decisions on whether and how to go ahead with their conference. Read the brief here.
In two weeks, some of you will be attending the Earth System Governance Annual Conference in Oaxaca, Mexico. As you may (or may not) know, academic conferences can be overwhelming. In this brief, research fellow Carole-Anne Sénit provides you with some tips on how to strategize and make the most out of such global academic fests. Read the brief here.
In our last edition, we asked editors from the Earth System Governance network about what to think of when submitting an article to an academic journal. Academic writing is not just about submitting your own work to journals. Every article needs to be peer reviewed, and somebody has got to do the reviewing! So here are our editors tips on why and how to write a good review when you are invited to do so. We’d like to thank Harro van Asselt from RECIEL, Sikina Jinnah from Environmental Politics, and Matt Hoffman from Global Environmental Politics for providing their valuable insights on this.
Building on the academic writing tips in our last edition, we asked editors from the Earth System Governance network about things to keep in mind when preparing an article for submission to an academic journal. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your submission.
Prof. Steve Sorrell (University of Sussex), Prof. Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex), and Assoc. Prof. Jonn Axsen (Simon Fraser University) published an open access review article which offers suggestions for promoting novelty, rigor, and style.
Are you you about to defend your PhD thesis? Are you just starting your PhD thesis? Or is that exciting moment already (far) behind you? Either way, check out this fun read with excellent tips by recent PhD graduate Dr. Carole-Anne Sénit on how to prepare for your PhD defense.
In the life of every researcher comes a moment when their first (second, third, …) paper is, after many many hours of work, ready to be submitted to a journal. Then follows the long wait for a response with, hopefully, the reply that you may ‘Revise and Resubmit’. In this brief Jennifer Bansard and Carole-Anne Sénit walk you through the “R&R process” and provide useful tips on how to respond to reviewers’ comments.
Early Career Communications
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