EISA has an active policy in supporting early career researchers. Besides encouraging, and having an excellent record in, participation of early career researchers in PEC, EWIS, and our other events, we organise one day Early Career Researchers Workshops (ECWs). ECWs are an integral part of the Annual Pan-European Conferences, taking place the day before the conference. We also created an ECD Group of early career researchers who work with the portfolio holder on developing new initiatives.

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



International Relations scholar, I specialise on Critical Security Studies and Critical Terrorism Studies. I look at how discourses on security and terrorism work, mainly through Critical Discourse Analyses (CDA), Post-Structuralist Analyses and genealogies. My research consists in an analysis of the United Nations' role in the construction of the post-9/11 international terrorism, a genealogy of the articulation of the threat within the organisation and its evolution into extremism and radicalism. I look at the effects these constructions have both on global and domestic policies and practices of countering terrorism. I am also interested in the politics of the MENA countries from a post-colonial perspective, human security, (b)orders, and gendered approaches to terrorism and political violence.

Tamás Peragovics

Central European University


Tamás Peragovics is PhD candidate at the Department of International Relations of Central European University, and an external lecturer at the European Studies Department of ELTE University. He is also a junior research fellow at the Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

Tamás’ research focuses on China's foreign policy, great power identity and contemporary Chinese IR theory production. His dissertation explores the dilemma of Taiwan's status in the normalization process between the People's Republic and the United States. His most recent article, Overcoming the poverty of Western historical imagination, co-authored with Akos Kopper from ELTE, was published online in the European Journal of International Relations (EJIR).

Flavia Lucenti

Roma Tre University



Flavia Lucenti is a PhD candidate in Political Studies and International Relations at Roma Tre University. Her research interests include IR Theory, Social Psychology, China and Russia IR. Her investigations deal with interpreting international politics in terms of social interactions among states, with a specific attention to the concepts of self-representation and social recognition which she uses to assess how China and Russia have turned into dissatisfied actors towards the US-led international order. Previously, she held visiting positions at the Hong Kong University (HKU), the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and the European University Institute (EUI).

Madita Standke-Erdmann

University of Vienna, Austria



Madita Standke-Erdmann is a lecturer, PhD candidate and researcher with the GENDER-NET Plus/FWF research project GBV-MIG at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna. In her doctoral research, she explores EU-border security practices through a feminist postcolonial lens. She holds a MSc International Relations Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science.