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ANGEL Early Career Researcher Sub-Network

A new Sub-Network for Early Career Researchers in Global Education & Learning

We are a group of motivated and passionate early career researchers (ECR) who are interested in topics related to Global (citizenship) Education. All ANGEL members who are defined as ECRs can participate in this network to connect with fellow ECR from all over the world and help us expand our international network. Together and with the help of ANGEL, we want to create an early career researcher network that is organised by ECRs and made for ECRs.

ECRs in ANGEL are defined as Master’s students, PhD candidates or equivalent, or post grad up to 6 years after PhD.

It is our goal to create a network that is built on peer support in a relaxed, open and safe atmosphere. The proposed activities of the network have been shaped by a wide survey of ANGEL ECRs conducted in the lead-up to an initial session at the ANGEL Conference 2023 which finalised these plans. We hope that it will be a place where ECRs can share both their research and teaching experiences, develop their writing and reviewing skills, network with other ECRs, discuss the latest academic development and learn about opportunities such as conferences or call for papers. Additionally, we thought of proposing more casual encounters, so we can have informal discussions, share tips for well-being, and strengthen our community.

The network will communicate via email newsletter and regular Zoom sessions. We will have an online platform where we can see our event calendar, share our resources and information, as well as reflections.  We also plan to have different activities organised by self-appointed facilitators. Everyone can contribute to the network based on their needs, interests and schedule.

Proposed Activities

  • Academic networking sessions for finding co-authors, research partners or simply learning about the research other ECRs are conducting. We also created a Padlet for sharing our researcher profiles and contact details
  • Peer feedback sessions (e.g. reviewing papers and research ideas, mock presentations, brainstorming sessions)
  • Sharing information such as list of relevant journals, job/writing opportunities, conferences, summer schools etc via calendar and newsletter
  • Discuss latest research in reading circles or in workshops organised by members
  • Learning sessions (workshops/seminars for ECR)
  • Creating community and deeper connections in regular virtual coffee breaks for meeting like-minded people and discuss that ECR life with all its challenges and perks
  • Writing opportunities (blog/newsletter, regular joint writing sessions)

Want to join?

If you are already an ECR member, you will automatically being to receive the relevant communications. If you are interested in joining the ANGEL ECRs network, and are not already a member, fill in the membership form accessed below. Please remember to check membership type as 'Early career researcher'.


Upcoming events

Launch event: Wednesday 27 September 12:00 pm London time

The event aims to introduce the network to members and begin building the ECR community. This one-hour meeting will be divided into two parts. The first part will be informative, with introductions from ANGEL board members and brief descriptions of potential network activities. In the second part, participants will be able to discuss in smaller groups relevant topics regarding their research journeys or to become facilitators for future network activities.

First virtual coffee meeting Friday 6 October 9:00 am London time

Our ANGEL Early Career Researchers Network is based on community, peer support and an open and relaxed atmosphere. Join our regular virtual coffee meeting on every first Friday of the month to meet fellow early career researchers, discuss your ideas, struggles and questions and become a part of our community. Participation is of course voluntary and doesn´t require any prior registration. To join us, simply use this Zoom link (will be provided by email) 

First writing session Tuesday 10 October 9 am London time

While there is no better feeling than to get into a writing flow, we all know the struggle of starting to write that first word. Join our weekly writing session On Tuesday from 9 to 10.30 where we try to overcome this initial hurdle together. During the sessions, we will briefly talk about what we are working on and then proceed to work on our projects individually for 1.5 hours. Afterwards, we have a short chat about our progress or any other topic. Everyone can feel free to join us, there is no need for any registration. Let's get some writing done together!

First reading circle Wednesday 18 October 12 pm London time

As part of the ANGEL Early Career Researchers Network, we are organising a reading circle in which we can share our excitement and thoughts. In the reading circle, we can discuss the latest research such as the new, old classic, thought provoking books like Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed, teaching materials or even news articles or art pieces.

You will receive more information about events via email shortly.


Please find below the details of the current facilitators, appointed in early 2023 from amongst the membership. If you want to learn more about it or ask a question, contact us by writing an email. We would be excited to hear from you and are looking forward to getting to know you and your research better.



The ANGEL network has prioritised providing opportunities for ECRs since its inception. We have run several events purely for, or chiefly targeted, at ECRs, which are listed below. The 2021 online conference and 2023 Paris conference also included dedicated sessions for ECRs.

ANGEL Network,
Development Education Research Centre (DERC)
UCL Institute of Education
1st Fl., 9-11 Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EH 

Partner organisations

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The establishment of this network and website has been made possible with funding support from the European Commission.
The activities and publications of the network are the responsibilities of the organisers, the Development Education Research Centre, and can in no way be seen as reflecting the views of the European Commission.