Postgraduate and early-career development day 2024

This event will be in Birmingham, UK

Following the success of last year’s event, we are pleased to once again offer a one-day mini workshop for postgraduate and early-career colleagues, the day before our annual conference in Birmingham. 

We bring together a well-respected and esteemed group of academics and practitioners from across UK institutions and international organisations to guide you through a variety of topics. The event covers the process of getting an academic position, what to do when you become a lecturer, research and publication tips and advice on careers outside academia. 

This a unique opportunity for younger scholars and students to get advice from more senior academics, receive feedback and share experiences. There is a small reduced fee for BISA members to cover the costs which include lunch and refreshments. Non-members are also welcome to attend although we recommend reading our ‘Become a member’ information to see if you could save money. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

The workshop will take place at The Exchange, Centenary Square, Birmingham on 4 June 2024.

Draft programme

Opening remarks: 10.45 – 11.00am

Dr Geoffrey Swenson (City, University of London), BISA trustee and organiser of the workshop

Session 1: 11.00am – 12.30pm

What does a lecturer do? Understanding teaching, supervision, and beyond - Dhani Prem/Mary Sturge  Room

Speakers: Dr Nat Jester (University of Gloucestershire), Dr Maya Nguyen (SOAS), Professor Mark Webber (Birmingham)

Lunch: 12.30 - 1.30pm 

Session 2: 2-3pm (Parallel session – you can select a preferred option during registration)

Publishing in peer-reviewed journals from preparation to acceptance - Dhani Prem Room

Speakers: Dr Andrew Hom (Edinburgh, Editor, Review of International Studies), Professor Cian O’Driscoll (Australian National University, Editor, Review of International Studies), Professor Andrew Mumford (Nottingham; Editor, European Journal of International Security)


Transforming your thesis into a book - Mary Sturge  Room

Speakers: Dr Margot Tudor (City, UoL), Professor Helena Carrapico (Northumbria)

Session 3: 2.45-4pm (Parallel session – you can select a preferred option during registration)

How to get a research grant or post-doctoral fellowship - Dhani Prem Room

Speakers: Dr Amna Kaleem (Sheffield), Dr George Kyris (Birmingham), Professor Asaf Siniver (Birmingham)


Demystifying the lecturer job application, short-listing, and interview process - Mary Sturge  Room

Speakers: Professor Toni Haastrup (Manchester), Professor Kyle Grayson (Newcastle), Dr Geoffrey Swenson (City, UoL) 

Refreshment break 4-4.15pm

Session 4: 4.15-5.30pm

IR careers and academic engagement beyond academia - Dhani Prem/Mary Sturge  Room

Speakers: Dr Holly Prescott (PGR Careers Adviser, University of Birmingham), Sam Rose (UNWRA), Alexander Borum (Policy Leader Fellow, European University Institute and Crisis Management Expert, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark), (Representative from the FCDO TBC)

Meet the editors 5.30-6.30pm

Join the editors of Review of International Studies and European Journal of International Security and other participants for a drinks reception and networking.

Registration will close on 1 June 2024 or when all places are filled. Should the event be over-subscribed BISA members will be given priority for places.

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