Programme Areas

The Global Research Network Think Tank is a member-run platform for early career academics looking to gain experience, find collaborators, and to make an impact with their work.

Our core thematic areas of work are: Animals & Biodiversity, War, Conflict & Migration, and Digital Culture, Finance and Ecological Sustainability. These programmes are led by experienced academics and driven by our Junior Fellows, who are early career (Research Masters, PhD, DPhil and postdoctoral) scholars. Interested members (policy-makers, independent scholars, potential and ex-Junior Fellows, etc.) can also join one of our three programmes as an Associate. The Think Tank is supported by our Fellow for Policy, Digital Equity and Innovation as well as our Board Members. We meet monthly (remotely), and have a virtual office for organising our projects.

Junior Fellows dedicate four hours a week to the Think Tank and can expect to gain the following from their 2-year tenure: 

  • A global network, including academics from other disciplines and continents, as well as from outside academia;
  • Experience in collaboration, working with industry and in policy;
  • A portfolio of work that demonstrates impact;
  • Teaching experience (if desired);
  • Demonstrable knowledge transfer activities;
  • Support with academic publishing, and 
  • The development of a support base for an academic career.

If you are interested in joining the Think Tank please join as a member via our website, and email us a copy of your CV,  writing sample and cover note.

For media inquiries, please contact our Knowledge Transfer Manager.

“Joining GRN has complemented and strengthened my work with junior scholars. I am a postgraduate educator in applied health sciences and very often support the transition from taught Masters into PhD studies and beyond. It’s wonderful to have a diverse, resourceful and ambitious community to direct scholars into as they continue their journeys through academia, where there is a real emphasis on making a real difference – in the world, collectively among members and to individual careers. As a multidisciplinary social scientist with a background spanning law, languages, gender studies, philosophy, social research, criminology and health services research myself, I am also delighted to be a part of a network that celebrates and encourages collaborative work on problems that require multiple approaches to identifying and developing appropriate, innovative and achievable solutions”

Dr Heather May Morgan

University of Aberdeen

‘The GRN has been invaluable for collaboration. The ability to connect with other academics, particularly in such a tumultuous time in higher education, is crucial”