Five ways EADI is amplifying voices of female researchers

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22 Mar 2018

EADI offers a range of activities to raise the profile of female researchers:

EADI (Wo)Mentoring

Pursuing a career in academia can be challenging. Young scholars have to deal with a number of questions: uncertainties concerning research work and juggling career, family commitments and personal life at the same time. The EADI Mentoring Programme “Develop Your Talent” provides young and aspiring scholars with the chance to exchange with someone further advanced in their career. The mentoring does not offer professional coaching to the mentees, but accompaniment on a younger sister/elder sister level. As some of our mentors are also active in the Working Groups opportunities for further collaboration often arise. This is especially important since women in particular are often struggling to find entry points for building own networks

EJDR Early careers

The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) provides a forum for the publication of original and high quality research by early researchers. By ‘early’ we intend up to 5 years post-doctorate; or with 5 years or less research experience. Producing publishable research requires the understanding of the journal peer-review and publication process. This is in addition to requirements for the preparation of papers to abide by EJDR’s standards in terms of content and form can be challenging. For this reason, the EJDR’s Early Career Research's initiative assists with the understanding of this process. It is a ‘supported learning’ submissions route for early careers authors to fulfil their potential.

EADI Working groups

EADI Working groups offer a non-hierarchical way of meeting researchers on the same topic from various disciplines, and to present research at EADI conferences, workshops and webinars regardless of your career stage. Networking is key in academia and the Working Groups provide a perfect arena for building, strengthening and enlarging own networks.

Gender balance in governance structures

Our association’s management committee is composed of a majority of women.

Gender balance at panels: No women no panel

We ensure gender balance in organising panels and other events, and also use our influence on our members when co-branding or sponsoring events. We do not support #Manels.

But: a lot more must be done. The global map of female researchers (based on UNESCO data) still shows huge regional differences, when data available.

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