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:

Janine Bressmer                                                                                                                       

Graduate Institute in Geneva



Janine Bressmer is a PhD candidate in International Relations / Political Science at the Graduate Institute in Geneva where she works on security management and its spatial dynamics in humanitarian action. She is affiliated with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding as a Doctoral Researcher and a Doc.CH fellow with the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Janine holds a Master´s Degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute and a Bachelor´s degree in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. She also earned a post-graduate certificate in International Conflict Management through the International Peace and Security Institute and the John Hopkins University SAIS Bologna.

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.

Alice Martini                                                                                                                       

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy | Autonomous University of Madrid



Alice Martini is a Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow at UNED, Spain and hon. Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. She was awarded her PhD by the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy, and, jointly, by the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. Her research interests are mostly focused on Critical Security Studies and Critical Terrorism Studies. She is a convenor of the Critical Terrorism Studies Working Group (BISA). Her research focuses the deconstruction of discourses of international security and, above all, counter-terrorism in various spheres. Among her latest books, there are the co-edited volume "Encountering Extremism. Theoretical Issues and Local Challenges" (MUP, 2020) and her research monograph "The UN and counter-terrorism. Global Hegemonies, Power, and Identities" (Routledge, 2021).

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.

Madita Standke-Erdmann

University of Vienna, Austria



Madita Standke-Erdmann is a lecturer and researcher with the GENDER-NET Plus/FWF research project GBV-MIG at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna. She holds a MSc International Relations Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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.