Image 2018 Pre-Conference Event, Student and Early Career Conference

Date and location

  •   October 24, 2018 - October 24, 2018
  •   University of Sussex campus, Falmer, Brighton, England

Conference details

Conference Report

Read a report about the Networking Workshop for Early and Mid-Career Women in Regional Studies and Regional Science in the third issue of our e-Zine Regions (March 2019) here.

As they complete their doctoral studies, all Early Career Scholars face decisions including whether or not to stay in academia. The post PhD period can also include challenges and uncertainties around roles, locations, contracts and funding. This time of life also frequently coincides with personal change such as relationship changes, family planning, buying of first homes, moving abroad and increased levels of travel.

Mid-Career Scholars may also face new challenges in their academic career when starting a faculty position, e.g. a lectureship or an assistant professorship. In this period each scholar must find strategies to balance the different responsibilities in teaching, administration and research. Academics in this transition often make unconscious decisions about their style of leadership or teaching. An important element in dealing with these uncertainties and in taking conscious decisions is access to a strong network, the chance to plan and discuss career opportunities and the opportunity to discuss these issues with role models, mentors and coaches.

For this reason, the Regional Studies Association supports the development of a network specifically designed for female early and mid-career researchers in the fields of regional studies and regional science. The aim is to provide a platform for network building and to offer conversations with established female researchers in an informal setting. By funding the workshop, the RSA hopes to give impetus to growing a strong network and a series of related events. On the one hand it is hoped that these will enhance the RSA’s institutional efforts to support equality and diversity in the field; on the other hand, it is hoped that individuals will benefit from contacts made at the network events and also from the support and opportunities for career advice and conversations that will be available.

Due to the RSA’s financial support the workshop is free to attend and is scheduled for Wednesday 24th October and will be held in Brighton.

The Workshop is organised as a pre-event to the 2018 Student and Early Career Conference on the 25th -26th October at the University of Sussex. Attendance of the RSA Student and EC Conference is not a requirement to join this workshop. If you would like to attend both events please visit see the relevent pages on our website for more details.

The RSA acknowledges and thanks the University of Sussex for their support of the two-day Conference.

Attendees will need to organise their own travel and accommodation.

Application process

The Network is intended to provide an open platform and applications are welcome from everyone who is interested in this network.

The application deadline is 19th July 2018 and successful applicants will be notified by 5th August 2018.

To apply please use the RSA’s online registration system and provide the following details:

First Name and Surname: Career stage: Early Career (within 5 years after finishing the PhD) or Mid-Career Current job title: Institution: Telephone number (preferably a mobile): Email Address: Keyword research interests (up to five areas): Your motivation to join this network (max 500 words):

Between 19th July and 5th August, the organisers may contact applicants for more information via the phone or by email.

Conference Organisers

You are welcome to contact Franziska Sielker ( or Sally Hardy ( with any questions regarding this workshop.

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How to get there

University of Sussex campus, Falmer, Brighton, England