The aim of the Early Career Development Group (ECD) group is to create safe, generous and diverse spaces for early career scholars in International Studies and related disciplines. It does so by actively stimulating and contributing to EISA, assisting its board in matters concerning ECDs, and organizing meetings and activities.

In this context, thematic discussions and learning concerning topics that are of particular relevance to early career scholars can take place, both in the context of EISA annual conferences and workshops such as PEC and EWIS and beyond. The agenda and activities of the group are constantly under development and open to ideas of new ECD group members as well as the wider community.

The main contact for the ECD portfolio is Marieke de Goede. You can reach her at m.degoede@uva.nl


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The members of the Group are:

Beatriz Buarque                                                                                                                 

University of Manchester



Beatriz Buarque is a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Manchester and leading investigator of the international research group MAFTI (Mapping the Far-Right “Truth” Industry). She is studying the production and circulation of alt-right conspiracy theories as “truth” in online spaces and her main research interests are the alternative right, politics of truth, and racist fantasies.

Beatriz holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Security from the University of Westminster and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. Outside academia, Beatriz is the founder of the NGO Words Heal the World, recipient of two international prizes, including the prestigious Luxembourg Peace Prize. The NGO was set up in 2018 to empower young people to challenge online hate speech and tackle extremism.

Samarjit Ghosh                                                                                                                       

Ozyegin University, Istanbul/University of Minnesota, Twin Cities



Samarjit Ghosh is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Ozyegin University, and a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. His research focuses on everyday security practices in global/world cities.

Erna Burai               


Geneva Graduate Institute / Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Switzerland



Erna is a researcher and lecturer in International Relations theory, focusing on norms and norm contestation, in particular concerning responsibility in humanitarian interventions. She earned her PhD at Central European University, and is currently a research associate at the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre. She is also a faculty member at the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies where she is directing a course on accountability to affected populations for humanitarian practitioners. She cares about collectively making academic practices more embracive of a feminist ethics and politics of care.

Flavia Lucenti

University of Bologna



Flavia Lucenti is a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the University of Bologna and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Venice. She holds a PhD in Political Studies and International Relations from Roma Tre University. Her research interests include IR Theory, Social Psychology, China and Russia IR. Previously, she was a visiting PhD student at the Hong Kong University (HKU), the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and the European University Institute (EUI). She collaborates with Global Policy: Next Generation, the annual issue from the academic journal Global Policy based at Durham University.

Gregory Stiles

University of Sheffield



Gregory Stiles is a Teaching Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield and a PhD candidate in the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. His research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and it examines the role of the G7 in maintaining international order, the English School approach to International Relations theory, and the role of historical norms in shaping contemporary world politics.

Gregory is also the Editor of Global Policy: Next Generation, the Early Career focused edition of the journal Global Policy. Gregory holds a BA in International Relations & Politics, as well as an MA in European Law, Governance & Politics and an MA in Social Research.


Nina Perkowski

University of Hamburg


Nina Perkowski is Assistant Professor in Sociology: Violence and Security Research at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In her research, she focuses on how borders are drawn, contested, and navigated within and around European societies, critically examining the interplay of border security and border violence in different contexts.

Her research has been published in journals such as Security Dialogue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Journal of Common Market Studies. Her monographs “Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and Security: The Case of Frontex” and “Reclaiming Migration: Voices from Europe’s ‘Migrant Crisis’” (written with Vicki Squire, Dallal Stevens, and Nick Vaughan-Williams) were published by Routledge and Manchester University Press in 2021.

Neslihan Dikmen Alsancak

Bilkent University, Department of International Relations



Neslihan Dikmen Alsancak holds a Ph.D. from the Department of International Relations, Bilkent University. She has been an adjunct lecturer at the same university and given a course on International Relations from the perspectives of the Global South. She is a researcher in International Relations focusing on understanding the relationship between security, violence, and politics in the Global South. Her research interests include critical approaches to security, critical theories of international relations, International Political Sociology, and postcolonial and decolonial thought.