Future Faculty

Future Faculty at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts is a network of early-career researchers with the aim to promote interest in and support for aspiring faculty members.

The main target group for Future Faculty is early-career researchers without a tenure position, such as postdoctoral fellows or research assistants, but the network is open to and welcomes researchers at all early-career levels who want to improve the working conditions and career development opportunities for early-career researchers.

Early-career researcher are at a crucial stage of our professional careers. 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 organised by the network include workshops on research funding and how to communicate social impact in research funding applications. 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, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and member of the Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research at Umeå University. She is a Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Arts advisor. She is coordinator of a project funded by the European Research Council and focusing on the health effects of unemployment on 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 nationality backgrounds.
  • Irina Mancheva, postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science, at the Faculty of Social Sciences. In her research she focuses on environmental politics and natural resource governance and management.
  • Ivanka Hristova, senior research assistant at the Environmental Archaeology Lab, at the Faculty of Arts. She is currently working as an archaeobotanist with plant macro-remains.
  • Janina Priebe, senior research assistant in environmental history at the Faculty of Arts. Her research and teaching focuses on sustainability, environmental humanities, and Arctic history.

Contact information

Sara Franke-Wikberg


Sara Franke Wikberg

Eva Stoianov