Launch of the Political Studies Association Early Career Network
On 26th October the Early Career Network (ECN) of the Political Studies Association is proud to host its official launch in the Houses of Parliament, sponsored by Lord David Blunkett. The evening will celebrate the beginning of a new era at the PSA as PhD students, post-docs and teaching fellows are brought together as a community of early career academics, who will receive bespoke representation and support through the ECN. We hope that you can join academics from all stages of their career on the 26th for an evening of talks and socialising that will pique both your academic and personal interest.
6pm - Guests arrive.
6:15pm - Introductory remarks by James Weinberg (Chair of the ECN)
6:30pm - Dr Monica Poletti: Politics in Interesting Times, findings from the ESRC Party Members Project in the UK.
7pm - Caroline Macfarland: The Importance of Studying Politics in Turbulent Times.
7:30-8pm - Drinks, Nibbles and Networking
Each of our guest speakers will talk for approximately 15 minutes and there will then be time for questions. Drinks and nibbles will be provided and the remainder of the evening will be free for early career and established academics to meet each other and sow those initial seeds for future collaboration.
Dr Monica Poletti: Since 2010 Monica has been a research fellow of the COST-Action 'True European Voter' (TEV) project on the influence of context on electoral behaviour in European countries, as well as of the EU General Home Affairs-funded KING project (Knowledge for Integration Governance) on Immigration. After finishing her PhD she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Milan, working on Euroscepticism, populism and Italian voting behaviour (in close collaboration with Italian National Election Studies - ITANES) and has spent time as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE - Methodology Dept., European Instituteand Government Dept.). Since 2013 she has taught quantitative methods for the social sciences as well as political sociology at the LSE. She moved to Queen Mary in September 2015 to work on the ESRC funded political party members project with Tim Bale and Paul Webb. Monica is also a co-editor of the LSE-basedEuro Crisis in the Press blog.
Caroline Macfarland - Caroline is the founder and director of CoVi (Common Vision), a think tank examining the values, behaviours and expectations of the Millennials and the implications for the common good. Before founding CoVi in 2013, Caroline was the Managing Director of ResPublica, the think tank credited with the "big society" agenda. She has also worked for the Fabian Society, the Big Lottery Fund and was one of the founding team of the charitable foundation Power to Change. In 2015 she was featured as one of Management Today's 35 women under 35.
Please note that it is best to come through the Black Rod entrance at the MillBank end of Westminster Palace. Please allow 20 minutes for security. There will only be light refreshments served during the course of the formal event but the ECN committee would be delighted if you join us and the speakers for dinner afterwards in a local restaurant.