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Early Career Researchers Working Group

The BISR Early Career Researchers Working Group is a self-led working group that has been established with the support of BISR to provide a collaborative space to help members navigate the challenges and opportunities of being an Early Career Researcher (ECR), to improve the quality of their scholarship and to provide a training space for career development. The group has four interlinking objectives:

  • to be a feedback group for members to discuss ideas, questions and challenges with other academics from different disciplines, at different stages of the ECR journey
  • provide a training space for ECRs to develop grant application skills
  • guide ECRs on how to develop methodological skills and collaborations
  • develop a space to allow for interdisciplinary collaborations both within and outside Birkbeck.

Definition of Early Career Researcher

For the purposes of this group, the UKRI definition of Early Career Researcher is used:

  • within eight years of their PhD award (this is from the time of the PhD ‘viva’ oral test), or equivalent professional training
  • within six years of their first academic appointment (the first full- or part-time paid employment contract that lists research or teaching as the primary function).


  • Dr Amy Kirby, Lecturer, Institute of Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR), Department of Criminology, Birkbeck, University of London 
  • , PhD candidate, Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Dr Olivier Sibai, Lecturer, Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London
  • , PhD candidate, Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies


Events organised by the BISR ECR Working Group are included in the BISR events programme


For more information or to join the BISR Early Career Researchers Working Group, please .