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Interdisciplinarity for ECRs

Supporting interdisciplinarity for students and early career researchers

As a hub for interdisciplinary research and teaching into the environment and sustainability, a key part of the ESI’s ethos is to help develop the careers of early career researchers (ECRs) by supporting them to undertake a holistic approach to their research and to pursue interdisciplinary careers.

As well as working with 32 world-class academics within the institute and over 200 other academics across the University of Exeter studying the environment and sustainable futures; access to a network of over 450 businesses, NGOs, policymakers and schools; and a team of dedicated support staff, the ESI also offers student and staff-led events aiming to facilitate knowledge sharing between academics, post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers about the challenges and advantages of interdisciplinary working, how ECRs can initiate their own research and to learn more about the interdisciplinary research being carried out in the University.

If you are an ECR interested in an interdisciplinary career, please see our prospective fellows pages for information on how the ESI and University can help support your application and future career.

ESRC Interdisciplinary Studentship Opportunities

We are also currently looking for students interested in applying for ESRC-funded PhD studentships in the areas of Global Political Economy, Health & Well-being, Security, Conflict & Human Rights or Sustainable Futures utilising ESRC datasets and cross-council research. More details on these interdisciplinary studentships can be found on the South West Doctoral Training Partnership webpages or contact Dr Rachel Turner.


Interdisciplinary workshops:

The ESI recently hosted an interdisciplinary workshop open to staff and students across the Penryn Campus. The event included talks on what interdisciplinary research is and what it means in practise, the difference between inter- and trans- disciplinary working, the funding available for interdisciplinary projects, what makes a good application and what support the University can offer.

The event also featured talks from our own interdisciplinary academics and staff on their experiences and guest speaker Dr Milena Buchs spoke of her work leading several major interdisciplinary UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grants.

The afternoon session involved group discussions and ‘speed research’ introductions to help and build possible collaborations on campus.