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Recap: #ECRchat on Developing an Independent Research Profile

This week’s chat was hosted by Hazel Ferguson, a postdoc researching the cultural politics of alternative food systems in the beautiful Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia. In a former life she researched income support policy and citizenship in Canberra. She tweets here, and hopes to one day be organised enough to keep a professional blog going for more than two weeks.

In many ways #ECRchat was started as a consequence of the challenges I was facing managing the transition from very independent PhD student/project manager/sessional tutor and lecturer/research assistant to Postdoctoral Fellow. A combination of relocation, refocusing on a (relatively) new research topic, and moving from multiple short-term contracts to a full-time longer-term role had resulted in having to reconsider many of my established ways of working.

When I went looking for an ECRchat on twitter, I was interested to know if my experiences were characteristic of the early career experience, or if I was just a bit strange (hint: both). Hosting the chat this week was a great chance to explore these issues in more detail.

The first half of the chat was about mapping what we mean by ‘independent research profile’ and then the second half of the chat was devoted to the specifics of building profile. You can get an overview of the chat from this Storify.

Looking forward to chatting with you all again next week!


You can also download this week’s tweet-archive here, #ECRchat_tweets_2012_09_06.pdf

#ECRchat will be back at the same time next week. That’s 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), and 20:00-21:00 in Australia (EST), on Thursday 13th September.



Academic, political tragic. Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia.

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