Future Faculty

Future Faculty at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is a network of early-career researchers to promote the interests of and to support aspiring faculty members.

The main target group are early-career researchers without tenure positions, such as post docs or research assistants, but the network is open to and welcomes researchers at all early careers levels who want to improve the working conditions and career development for early-career researchers.

As early-career researchers, we are at a crucial stage in our professional career. We need to build and strengthen our professional networks and secure future research funding, while at the same time navigating through temporary academic positions. Our network aims at providing a forum for networking and discussion, as well as support in the form of workshops that are of thematical relevance for early-career researchers and a mentoring programme. Previous activities arranged by the network include workshops on research funding and how to communicate social impact in applications for research funding. One of the key ongoing activities run by Future Faculty is the Mentoring Programme .

The steering group for Future Faculty consists of:

  • Anna Baranowska-Rataj. Anna is associate professor at Sociology Department and a member of CEDAR, is a SAMFAK/HUMFAK advisor. She is a coordinator of ERC-funded project focusing on the effects of unemployment on health of family members. Her involvement in Future Faculty is driven by interest in improving support for early-career researchers and equality of career opportunities within academia across gender and country backgrounds.
  • Irina Mancheva. Irina is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science. In her research she focuses on environmental politics and natural resource governance and management.
  • Ivanka Hristova. Ivanka is a senior research assistant at the Environmental Archaeology Lab, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She is currently working as an archaeobotanist with plant macro-remains.
  • Janina Priebe. Janina is a senior research assistant in environmental history at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Her research and teaching focusses on sustainability, environmental humanities, and Arctic history.

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Contact information

Sara Franke Wikberg
sara.franke-wikberg@umu.se

Eva Stoianov
6/15/2021