Career

At the beginning of your career, what are the key issues and challenges you face as a social scientist? On this page – and across Social Science Space, in fact – are some tools and resources that may be of use.

Discuss with other early career researchers
Use our forum to get more direct information from others in the same boat as you

Getting published
Need help getting your article or book published? Here are some useful tips and tools:

SAGE gateway – advice on getting published
Guardian Higher Education live chat on getting published
The SAGE series on getting published, from SAGE Connection: part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4
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Links
Some other useful sites with support for early career researchers in the social sciences

The Thesis Whisperer
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Niall McLoughlin

The psychology of flooding: An ESCR Better Lives Essay

Niall McLoughlin is a PhD candidate in psychology and arts scholar at the University of Bath, as well as an associate with Climate Outreach. In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, McLoughlin discusses the psychological catastrophe that accompanied the natural disaster of the 2015 Cumbrian floods and what that might teach us for addressing climate change.

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Alessandro Massazza

Reliving trauma, relieving pain: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Alessandro Massazza, a PhD student in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, at University College London has received money from the Economic and Social Research Council to research the psychiatric consequences of complex emergencies. In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, he explores how the double-edged sword of memory affects us after a traumatic event.

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Computational Social Science: A New Way of Working and Thinking

The ability to work with digital research methods and data analysis is opening up a whole new world of research potential for social scientists. No one knows this better than Digital Sociologist Dr. James Allen-Robertson from the University of Essex. For him, these new techniques have enabled multiple interdisciplinary research collaborations and a whole new world of funding and professional opportunities.

Here, James tells us how computational social science has given him and his research output a new lease of life.

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Abby Dunn

Parenting with mental health: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Psychologist Abby Dunn is a doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex whose work has focused on parenting, and in particular parenting for those with complex needs. In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, she examines how mental health practitioners interact with patients who are also parents.

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Rosa Daiger von Gleichen

Working relationships: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, new mother Rosa Daiger von Gleichen describes the exertions required to both work and be a parent. The PhD candidate in social policy at the University of Oxford studies employer-based and public family policies, primarily in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, to understand how employers, families and individuals will manage both work and care in the future.

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NASEM Partnership Awards

The Rita Allen Foundation, and NASEM are offering awards to support the formation and development of collaborative researcher–practitioner partnerships. To apply for these awards, submit a joint proposal that describes the rationale for your partnership. Apply by July 1st.

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Elyse Couch

Building a better life with dementia: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

Before she studied psychology and mental care services, Elyse Couch worked as care worker for people with dementia — experiences which serve her well as she now investigates the use of health services following a diagnosis of dementia or mild cognitive impairment. In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, the King’s College London student describes one particular person with dementia she worked with and how that experience highlights many aspects that follow a dementia diagnosis.

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Holly Chalcraft

This Land Is My Land: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

In this shortlisted essay from the ESRC Better Lives Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives, anthropologist Holly Chalcraft from Durham University discusses how the ethnic swap between Greece and Turkey after World War I affects self-identity today.

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Bobby Beaumont

Playtime in the Camps: An ESRC Better Lives Essay

On April 4 winners were announced in the year’s ESRC Writing Competition, in which PhD students who have received money from the ESRC write short essays about how their research leads too better lives. Today we posting the shortlisted and winning essays with Bobby Beaumont, a PhD research at the University of Birmingham, and his essay titled “Playtime in the camps.” Beaumont, whose research focuses on how circus, play and arts-based interventions play out in refugee camps and temporary settlements.

8 months ago
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CASBS Director Levi Receives 25th Annual Skytte Prize

Margaret Levi, the director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, today received one of the most prestigious awards in the social sciences, the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.

8 months ago
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Meet The Social Scientist, a New Networking Initiative for STEM

Danielle Tomasello describes The Social Scientist, a non-profit networking and outreach community of STEM professionals. Our volunteers answer questions that will benefit scientists’ interests, including a view of their work, environment and what it took for them to get there.

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