Registration is NOW OPEN for the Early Career Pre-Conference Day at PSA24 - please see below!


The Political Studies Association (PSA) is committed to supporting the next generation of political scientists through its Early Career Network (ECN). The PSA ECN exists to represent the interests of postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early career academics within the PSA. It opens a space that specifically addresses the interests and needs of postgraduates and early career researchers in an independent, peer-based environment, while still getting support and guidance from the Executive Committee of the PSA when required.

You can be a member of the PSA's ECN from when you started a doctoral degree until three years after the completion of a doctoral viva. Only £20 a year Membership - it's a full PSA membership, at a reduced price. Click here to join.


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Upcoming Opportunity

The Early Career Network Committee is seeking nominations for the role of Communications Officer. We would be delighted if you would like to nominate yourself or another member. Nominations or expressions of interest should be sent to by 29 March 2024. Find out more here.

Upcoming Events

Early Career Pre-Conference Day - 24 March 2024

The PSA Early Career Network is delighted to announce that Registration is NOW OPEN for the Early Career Pre-Conference Day at PSA24 - Building on the success of the 2023 ECN Pre-Conference Day at PSA23 in Liverpool, we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing this new tradition. Join us on 24 March 2024 from 2-5pm for an afternoon of workshops, networking and other events at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. There will be an optional pub crawl after the program as well. Find out more and register here.

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Matthew Hepplewhite

Role: President
Institution: University of Oxford

Niamh Cashell

Role: Secretary
Institution: University of Manchester

Stephanie Luke

Role: Treasurer
Institution: University of Sheffield

Caroline Leicht

Role: Communications Officer
Institution: University of Southampton

Daniel Bowman

Role: Events Officer
Institution: University of Liverpool

Manuel Hernández-González

Role: EDI Officer
Institution: University of Nottingham


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PSA Early Career Network event
24 Mar


Our ECN Welcome Pack offers tips on topics such as publishing, conferences, networking and teaching, which are all central to the PhD experience.
FINAL programme: Political Worlds. PSA ECN Online Conference. 3 - 7 July. In this PDF, you will find all the information you need to attend the 2023 PSA ECN conference which will be held online.