One of the main aims of the MENASP network is working toward providing more exposure to researchers and academics who are in the early stages of their research career path. The MENASP’s Early Career Researchers (ECR) initiative plans to organise a series of mentoring sessions and webinars with the aim to contribute to enhancing the professional development of early career researchers who are researching social policies in the MENA region.
The main objectives of ECRs representatives are to create awareness on both academic and non-academic career trajectories, to provide networking opportunities for early career researchers, and to allow for learning and highlight work by early career researchers.
The current early career representative at the MENASP network are Noor Alabbas (independent researcher and academic tutor at the University of Nottingham) and Tamara A. Kool (Maastricht Graduate School of Governance), you could find more information about early careers representatives in this link.
Key activities within the ECR initiative is to provide webinars and mentoring sessions. The mentoring sessions will discuss topics that can contribute to enhancing the professional careers of early careers researchers who are researching social policies about the MENA region. The webinars session will discuss relevant social policies related topics which are current and relevant to the region.
The early career researcher is defined as any individual who is working toward finishing their PhD, finished their PhD, in academic training, independent researchers, or anyone who self-identifies as an early career researcher. We do not have a specific number of years after finishing a PhD or taking an academic role (teaching and research, part and full time) to be defined as an early career researcher.
- Webinar: Researching social policies in the MENA region: Opportunities and challenges for Early Career Researchers. 28th January 2021
- Webinar: Rethinking inequality in the MENA region. 4th March 2021
- Webinar: The Role of Social Policy in Promoting Human Security in the MENA Region. 26 May 2021