The Project

Research stories from around the world

Our Project: Rising Stars

We believe that ECRs are the Rising Stars of the research community. This project is designed to emphasise this. Yet, there is a lot of literature on the struggles of ECRs. We acknowledge this, but for our project we wish to focus on what motivates you.

We are interested in hearing your Personal Story in approximately 1000 words. In this snap shot you can tell us, and the world, about what you are passionate about in your research. This includes how you got to where you are now.

All your stories will be shared on this website.

Of course, we have some research questions:

  1. What is your personal (inside) story?
  2. What are you passionate about?
  3. What has been your greatest achievement to date?
  4. What is your long-term goal? Your preferred future?

These stories can be sources of inspiration for others, but also have the potential to act as extended ‘business cards’ for you in forging new connections with like-minded researchers globally.

Personal Stories can be written in your mother tongue. We do not wish language to be a barrier here. We will arrange for translation to English.

Collecting these stories is Phase 1 of this project.

Phase 2 is then for us make a selection that represents the diversity and range of ECR interests and move to inviting you (if selected) to write a 3000-word summary of your current research work. These research outlines, along with your 1000-word Personal Story, will be a chapter in an edited book dedicated to the aspirations of ECRs.

Of interest to us is the tension between the possibilities ECRs have of disrupting the dominant system of academic career pathways and of the deeply conditioning nature of academic institutions. In other words, is your cup half full or half empty?

Cup Half Full: Cup Half Empty

“It seems from the research that there are currently two contrasting views about the behaviour of ECRs. On the one hand, they are carrying through the new attitudes characteristic of digital natives into their research careers, which may eventually bring about fundamental changes in their behaviour too. These, in their turn, could result in the collapse of the whole current journal system (Laine, 2015). Others, on the other hand, have observed the way in which ECRs have recognized their position as apprentices and their reliance on the guidance of mentors, which tends to make them more conservative and less adventurous than established researchers (Jones, 2014; Harley, Acord, Earl-Novell, Lawrence, & King, 2010)” (Nicholas et al 2017: 158)

For more information and to submit your story –