The PSA's Early Career Network Committee members are already hard at work. Handover complete, these early-career researchers have some exciting events coming your way!













From Left to Right (L. McKay, L. McLoughlin, H. Alberro, N. Kirsop-Taylor, N. Dickinson)

Who's who on the new Early Career Network Committtee?

Heather Alberro, Nottingham Trent University (Chair)

I am currently a final-year PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University's Department of Politics and International Relations, part of the 'Ethics, Ecology, Identity' research group. My thesis centres around an ecocritical examination of radical environmental activists (REA's) as contemporary ecotopian manifestations amid the socio-ecological perturbations of the Anthropocene.

I volunteered for the position of PSA ECN Chair because of the incredible opportunity the position offers for being centrally involved in helping to organize such a fantastic network of early career scholars. I hope to serve in my position with the utmost care and unbridled enthusiasm.

One of my particular aims while serving as Chair of the PSA ECN is to promote inclusivity and diversity therein, ensuring that researchers of all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and gendered backgrounds are sufficiently represented and included.

Lawrence Mckay, University of Manchester (Treasurer)

I’m a final-year PhD student in Politics at the University of Manchester. I research why people don’t feel their local communities are well represented in British politics, crossing specialist groups like EPOP and PSA Parliaments.

I have always appreciated the fact that the ECN has balanced giving practical advice – on researching, publishing, the job market – and being a space for critical thought and reflection on being an early career academic. Most of all, though, I have found a community which replaces the transient connections of annual conferences with something genuinely nurturing.

I wanted to be a committee member to help this still-young institution find its feet and become even better. I only hope I can help fill the big boots left behind by the outgoing committee members, and I look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year.

Nick Kirsop-Taylor, University of Exeter, Cornwall (Secretary) 

I am Lecturer (Teaching Fellow) in the Politics Department at the University of Exeter in Cornwall. I completed my doctorate in 2018 at University of Exeter and am actively pursuing a career in academia. As a Lecturer I deliver teaching in environmental politics, political ecology, and public administration.

I have volunteered to represent our community within the PSA during this period as I have personally found the post-doctoral transition challenging, and im keen to try and identify opportunities for other ECRs to manage this career stage as efficiently and effectively as possible.

In the coming year I am looking forward to supporting the full gamut of existing PSA ECN events, whilst also identifying targeted opportunities to support post-doctoral ECR’s considering careers in academia. I have some good ideas for how we might achieve this and so please watch this space for further news….

Liam McLoughlin, University of Salford (Communications Officer)

I’m a PhD student at the University of Salford. My main research focuses on the intersection of social media and political life, particularly in relation to elite-citizen communication and representation. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to deliver research on the abuse of British MPs on Twitter at the at the Radcliffe Institute, and my last delivered conference paper looked at data-activists’ transparency campaigns against political advertising on Facebook.

My role at the ECN will be to manage all communication. In sum, it means getting out the important messages to you and promoting the network, but also hearing what you have to say about us on social media! I tweet over at @leelum

Nick Dickinson, University of Exeter (Events Officer)

I am a PhD student in politics at the University of Exeter, where my research focuses on the regulation of parliamentary salaries and expenses. 

I'm returning for my second year on the ECN committee! My role is to work with the committee to organise events that the Early Career Network puts on every year; ranging from stand-alone ECN events like our annual conference, to collaborations with the PSA's specialist groups, and events the ECN runs at the main PSA Annual Conference. I also lead on the ECN's grant scheme for member-run events.

If you are interested in organising something, get in touch. I tweet at @NickSDickinson.