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Think Tank Programmes

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Our members, mentored by senior academics and policy experts, run a Think Tank that is focused on creating value for the communities in which we live. It fills a gap in the global policy space, to amplify the work and voices of academics who are excluded from traditional decision-making spaces. 

Visit our Think Tank by clicking on the logo above. Members can ask to join one of the programmes as  an Associate, and get involved with writing blogs, working papers, submissions to governmental bodies, and organizing events. It’s a fantastic opportunity to improve your profile, share your work with the public, and shape global policy on key issues of the day.

" It was a privilege to have seen the Global Research Network grow since its inception. I was invited to chair the inaugural panel discussion on ‘Diversity and Inclusion in Academia’ at the official launch of the Network in October 2019. It is a unique forum where people from diverse backgrounds can meet and collaborate. Platforms such as these are particularly important for PhD students and early career researchers since the support which it offers is not readily available in most places. Being a part of the GRN has helped me meet new academics from different institutions and create lasting working relationships. I’m also a Junior Fellow for the Think Tank on Human Rights, Family and Gender. Since my area of research is primarily on human rights and public law, being a part of the Think Tank has helped me to broaden my horizons. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with others, sharing different perspectives, and moving towards achieving a common goal of inclusion."

Preethi Lolaksha Nagaveni
PhD candidate, Lancaster University, U.K.

It has only been a few months since I joined the GRN, and yet I can already see the very positive effects, both for my personal experience and my professional skills, and for the future of my professional career thanks to the doors that have been opened to me and the opportunities and responsibilities that have been given to me, in a framework of cultural diversity, freedom, support and trust. This safe and caring environment is particularly essential at this stage of our careers as young researchers, which can unfortunately often be punctuated by negative academic experiences. Providing such an environment and accompanying us is in itself an incomparable advantage that I could not have expected in embarking on this adventure: the reality exceeds my expectations. I am more confident about the future once my thesis is finished, especially concerning the possibility of obtaining an international Research Fellowship to expand my horizons and then a key position within an organisation thanks to the multiple skills thus acquired and the people I will continue to meet. The Global Research Network is set to be a growing organization. I look forward to seeing what happens next in this great endeavour, in particular the chance that will be given to more young researchers who come from less favoured areas and who have a profound need to benefit from such support in their career. Concretely, I have had the following benefits:  

  • We were able to design and develop the programme's web page and to learn how to be more proactive and have a long-term vision for the management of a project.

  • We work as a team which proves to be extremely enriching in terms of organisation and communication skills but also personal relationships.

  • We plan to organise various activities of crucial importance for the matter that interests us, and we enjoy a great deal of autonomy and guidance on which we can rely.

  • For example, we are learning how to organise an event from the beginning to the end, how to establish partnerships and put various contacts in touch with each other, as well as how to manage deadlines and technical and logistical aspects. 

  • We have the opportunity to learn skills and express ourselves in a wide variety of workshops offered by the Global Research Network, such as Writing for Peer-Reviewed Journals.

  • We improve our self-confidence through public speaking (albeit in a virtual setting given the current situation).

  • We have the opportunity to get involved in other ongoing projects and to collaborate in an interdisciplinary way, which is indispensable in the 21st century because global problems are interconnected.

  • We extend our network thanks to the people who are introduced to us and the activities we can organise. I am building quality professional relationships, probably on a long-term basis.

  • We are supported in the drafting, editing and proofreading of the papers we wish to publish through monthly writing groups. For example, thanks to this, I was able to benefit from comments and suggestions from Dr. Yoriko Otomo on a current paper which is now being revised for possible future publication.  

  • The promotion of my research work and my participation in international meetings and conferences in Animal Law is boosted by the work achieved by the Global Research Network on social networks, something I could not have accomplished on my own.

  • I am more and more solicited, and my work is more visible thanks to this. "

Marine Lercier
PhD candidate and Research Staff at The Autonomous University of Barcelona

Online Profile

" Becoming a member of the GRN has been one of the best decisions I made during my PhD. I greatly expanded my professional network and met a large number of like-minded people at a moment most of us were spending all our time between the four walls of our apartment because of a pandemic. Through their social media, my online profile suddenly became visible to many other people working in my field, and the invitations on LinkedIn started to come in, one after the other. The GRN combines everything that a young academic needs in this digital age, creating a safe and comfortable space in which you can interact with people that are struggling with the same issues as you do, providing support through coffee house meetings and stimulating you to get the best out of yourself. I would recommend everyone starting their career in academia to become a member. "

Eva Bernet Kempers
PhD candidate, Antwerp University

Visit the Directory

We help you create an online profile that you can log in and update whenever you like. You can make a video introducing your work, which is a great way for people to get to know you and will also appear on our YouTube channel. This will stay with you as you move between institutions and countries. Our database will let you search for members with similar research interests who are interested in collaboration, with a secure messaging platform. You can include your social media links and set out how you’d like to connect with others. For academics outside of the English-language world, this is a particularly valuable way to get international exposure.

Artists in Residence

"Being part of the GRN has given me access to individuals across the world whom I would not have had the chance to meet otherwise; it is particularly inspiring, being a true cross-disciplinary and inclusive platform, and is unlike any other research network. It is a platform that facilitates long-term professional connections - over a year on, I am still in touch with some of the GRN members I connected with first. Being a virtual artist-in-residence has provided me with the support and encouragement that is much needed in the precarious world of artistic labour, especially in these disconnected times, and a chance to show my work to new international audiences. I am very glad to be part of GRN."

Olga Koroleva

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We have a (virtual) artists-in-residence programme, where exceptional young artists are invited to create work in conversation with our members over the course of a year, and to develop connections and collaborations with academics for the future. Artists occupy a special role in our network for their inspirational ways of looking at, and thinking about, the world.

Our first Artist-in-Residence, Olga Koroleva, is working with musician Samuel Holloway to create a new moving image work supplemented by a written essay that explores vulnerability as an interspecies value. Once completed, the work will be available here; you can watch a short introduction by Olga here [needs link]. She continues to work with our members through the large-scale ‘Artists and Academics’ interdisciplinary collaboration: Textures of Boundaries.


Professor Peter Fitzpatrick passed away in May 2020, living behind a rich oeuvre and a close community of students and scholars in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the UK. We have established a scholarship fund in Professor Fitzpatrick’s memory and accept donations here. Decisions will be made by his family and donors. 


There are several awards that members (and non-members) can apply to, including: 

Best Publication on Professor Fitzpatrick’s Work

To apply, send us a copy of your publication. Open to everyone. The prize is £100.

Bursary for Early Career Research (based on financial need)

Bursaries of £50. To apply, send us a copy of your CV and a 1-page statement describing how the bursary would benefit your work.

Best Peer-Reviewed Publication by an Early Career Academic

Only open to GRN members. The prize is £100. To apply, send us a copy of your publication. 

Exceptional Early Career Scholar from the Global South

Five awards are made each year, with the prize of a year of free membership, support in creating an online profile, and a career consultation with the Director.  To apply, send us a copy of your CV and 1-page statement describing why you would like to join the network.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and close on March 15th each year, with decisions made and communicated by April 15th.


We offer tangible support to members who are interested in collaboration. There are many ways of getting involved – in existing projects; by undertaking interviews; participating in a workshop or panel discussion, and by teaching together. Many of the initial connections are made at our coffeehouse meetings. Collaboration can be casual – commenting on one other’s work at a Research Discussion Group or writing a blog post together – or quite formal, resulting in a book project, or a fully-developed grant proposal. Our Think Tank offers a platform for every interested member to get involved in real-world projects that have impact, and we support members in all aspects of their work together. 

" The GRN has been invaluable for collaboration. It has allowed me to present a workshop paper with a colleague at ANU, which we're working towards publishing. We have published a statement for the Online Hate Prevention Institute and made a submission to Tech Against Terrorism. I have also published in the Global Network of Extremism and Technology on the Rise of the Far-Right in Australia. In addition, I am working on two additional papers with another colleague – all which would not have been possible without the Crime and Terrorism Think Tank and the greater GRN community. The ability to connect with other academics, particularly in such a tumultuous time in higher education, is crucial so that collaboration on key issues can still take place. "

Maya Borom

PhD candidate, Monash University, Australia

" As a young academic, it is sometimes difficult breaking habits and reaching out to other academics. It is also challenging for those undertaking their PhDs to understand the ins and outs of academic research and publishing. The GRN provides the perfect place for academics from all walks of life from the most junior to the most senior to meet, exchange ideas, work and support one another. Personally, I have gained valuable knowledge by talking to academics from other disciplines and found common ground for future collaborative work. For example, I have got the chance to work with well-known academics in the UK and was provided with the opportunity to lead a collaborative research project in international finance. I’m happy to be a part of the GRN and happy with all the support I am receiving on monthly basis through our coffeehouse meetings and through the training programmes and open webinars organised by the network. "

Wael Saghir

Early career researcher, PhD from IALS, London, UK

Publishing Support

Publish or perish…it can be difficult to get your first peer-reviewed article published, and even more difficult if English is not your first language. We’re here to help, with the option of submitting a draft paper prior to our Research Discussion Groups for review and comment; writing clinics that you can bring your work along to, and if it’s on a topic related to one of our Think Tank programmes, you can publish your initial thoughts as a blog post, develop it into a Working Paper (both of which we edit for you and publish on our website), and then turn it into a full submission to a peer-reviewed journal. We will be hosting workshops run by academic publishers, with the first one scheduled to run in spring 2021. We also encourage you to present your paper to an international audience as part of our Seminar Series, where your work might attract the attention of academic publishers. For members who have published books, we are happy to interview you and host it online, and to find you a reviewer, or to host an online panel discussion.

" I have been associated with The Global Research Network (GRN) since its launch, and therefore, seen the network grow first-hand and attract a number of researchers, doctoral students from truly diverse backgrounds. The GRN is one-of-a-kind platform which provides an opportunity to display one’s research to a truly global audience and build long lasting working relationships. This is especially important for people who are either undertaking their PhDs or are about to start their journey in academia. Personally, the GRN has helped me connect with individuals and organizations who are working in the field of human rights, especially, gender-based violence. For instance, when I wrote a blog post titled ‘Talking About Domestic Violence During Covid-19: The Need of the Hour for India’ and published it on the webpage for the Think Tank on Human Rights, Family & Gender, I was then invited to speak about my PhD research as a panellist and share my views on the topic, ‘Domestic Abuse within Black, African, Asian and other Minority Ethnic heritage communities during Covid-19’ by H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy, Leicester, U.K. (June 2020) "

Amit Anand

PhD candidate at Lancaster University, UK

" I started as a Junior Fellow for the Global Research Network Think Tank Programme on Environment in January 2020. Since then, I have had the opportunity to meet and discuss work with various scholars and researchers who are either established or early-career researchers. Thanks to the GRN, I saw my network growing and my role evolving in the network with the development of my academic career. Since finding a full-time academic position, I have become an Associate of the Programme and am now in the process of editing a special journal issue with contributions from other GRN members, on ‘The Impact of Emerging Technologies on International Environmental Law and Human Rights. Its only thanks to the GRN that I was able to meet different scholars eager to contribute and develop such a topic with the objective of having great research outcomes at the end of the process. "

Imad Antoine Ibrahim

Research Assistant, Center for Law and Development (CLD), Qatar University


" The GRN offers a unique experience for young researchers as myself. It’s a family and a safe space where I can present my arguments and learn new things. I have the chance to work with people through my Think Tank Programme, as well as with other members on interesting projects. In addition, I have the chance to follow seminars and discussions from a plethora of choices given to us by the GRN. I’ve written a blog post together with another GRN member and am now collaborating with him on a project with a senior academic in the UK. "

Dimitrios Kafteranis

PhD candidate, University of Luxembourg and
Academic Visitor, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin
and the University of Antwerp

PhD student wanting to get some teaching experience?

Senior academic wanting to teach your favourite topics to the public, and earn for it?

Retired or independent academic interested in sharing knowledge with the wider community?

We’re excited to be offering weekend intensive courses to the public (reduced fee for members) from 2021. Our courses include free registration to those who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate (1/5th of the tickets).

If you are a member you can propose a course by contacting us directly. If you are a PhD student or junior academic with less than 8 years of teaching experience, we will pair you up with a senior academic. We encourage our members to collaborate in creating courses, and to be inclusive in particular of scholars from the Global South.

Visit our Events page to have a look at what’s on, and to be inspired to create your own!


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Social Events

In 2019 we held a number of events in Oxford and in London where members got together for our launch, coffee, dim sum lunch, and dinner. We had started looking at organizing events in other cities (through our members), when COVID19 came along, and so for now we have put in-person meetings on hold. Once the pandemic is over and as the network grows, we will be partnering with businesses and foundations to host get-togethers. Watch this space!

" The GRN gives me a wonderful opportunity to expand my academic circle through the delightful online meetings; focus on the frontier development of my research area through the Think Tanks Programmes and strengthen my academic expression through the well-organized monthly writing sessions. I am looking forward to more substantive collaborations on the challenges of technology for the development of international law. "

Huiru Wang

Jilin, China

Research Discussion Groups

" The GRN provides me with the fantastic opportunity to meet with researchers at all levels. This has encouraged my critical thinking and self-reflection and has motivated me to develop my career and to become a better academic. I have gained critical feedback and valuable insights from people in other fields of research and discussed intersections with my own work during the GRN’s open, honest and productive writing and discussion group meetings. I have been especially grateful for the opportunities to engage with other researchers and to exchange ideas virtually during the pandemic, and the online presence the GRN provides for me has been especially valuable for a young researcher who had not benefitted from a similar platform before. "

Jasmin Beck
PhD candidate, ERC Consolidator Grant, Germany

There are friendly monthly Research Discussion Groups on different days of the week and at different times, so if you are interested in getting feedback on draft work or chatting with others about ideas for research projects, there should be one in a timezone that suits you. If there isn’t, we can start one that does. Please see the list below for our current days and times. As a service to the larger academic community we run additional discussion groups (also listed below). You’ll have to sign up to one first by getting in touch with our Memberships Manager, as we encourage regular and ongoing participation: 

  • Research Discussion Group C | UTC 3pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month 

  • Research Discussion Group D | UTC 9.30am on the 4th Sunday of every month

  • Research Discussion Group F | UTC 11am on the 4th Wednesday of every month

  • Research Discussion Group G | UTC 1pm on the 4th Thursday of every month 

  • French-medium Discussion Group 

  • Spanish-medium Discussion Group

  • Academic Mums’ Discussion Group 

  • Black Academics Discussion Group 

  • Independent Scholars’ Discussion Group 

  • Academics from the Global South Discussion Group

Coffeehouse Meetings

In what can be an intensely isolating profession (or experience, in the preparation of a doctoral thesis), it is important for all of us to have a friendly environment in which to meet new contacts, as well as old friends. In our current period of often tense international relations, it is vital for academics to have a safe place to meet and discuss ideas, beyond institutional, disciplinary and geopolitical boundaries. In London in the 17th and 18th centuries there were a great number of coffeehouses throughout the city, where people from all classes and political allegiances were welcomed in, to discuss the most pressing issues of the day. In that tradition, we run ‘coffeehouse meetings’, albeit online, once a month at UTC 10am and 3pm (which should suit members in most timezones). Come and join us – check your inboxes for invitations to the next one!

" Under the guidance of Dr. Yoriko Otomo, the GRN has proved to be invaluable in helping me to devise my research agenda. Through GRN discussion groups, not only that I can test out my raw ideas, but, more importantly, I can also learn from many others who bring their own fascinating ideas. "

Pranoto Iskandar
O’Brien Fellow, McGill University, Canada 

" GRN has been a valuable opportunity for academics like me. I am proud and happy and have learned so much from the network. I am honored to participate – the groups have helped me to set new goals for my work in animal rights. You opened the doors of my work to the world. From the north of Argentina, from the immense mountains of Catamarca, from the land of Pachamama Madre Tierra Sabia, and from the place where the flock of the Gods Wik'uña lives, I greet you with affection. "

Maria Elisa Gaso
Independent Scholar and lawyer, Buenos Aires, Argentina 


" I would say that GRN has provided me with amazing writing support, influencing my organization and motivation for both research and paper submission. One attribute of particular value is the ‘horizontal’ approach it has taken with respect to connecting its members: it operates by establishing cooperation between enthusiastic individuals who then go on exchanging ideas, figuring out overlapping research interests, co-authoring articles and this may even lead to forming links between their universities or institutions. My experience with international academic cooperation is quite extensive, given my 5-year involvement in the Vis Moot (law), and I firmly believe that lasting partnerships are always based on willing professionals who share a similar level of passion and work ethics. What is more, GRN continually offers innovative workshops, seminars, and meetings that keep the involvement of its members fresh, and is absolutely open, respecting cultural differences and encouraging diversity. Such a setup is paramount to building lasting relationships between the members, as ideas can freely flow only in an environment that is not burdened with prejudice and dogma. To end on a personal note, the openness of our Network has encouraged me to rethink future career choices in terms of research abroad. "

Milica Arsic

PhD candidate, University of Belgrade, Serbia

We run a range of exciting panel discussions, webinars and workshops, free to members and ticketed for the general public. One of our senior academics runs a weekly writing clinic that you can go to with any questions about publishing and grant-writing.

Some example events: