Our Mission

Future Earth

Research. Innovation. Sustainability.

UK Future Earth Early Career Researcher and Practitioner Network

Our Mission



UK Future Earth Early Career Researcher and Practitioner Network

The network brings together UK-based early career researchers and practitioners (ECRPs) whose interests converge under the core aim of the Future Earth project to accelerate transformations towards sustainability. It aims to provide a platform for dialogue and co-operation, connecting individuals from a diversity of backgrounds and with a wide range of research and practical experience. It seeks to build on the existing remit and capacity of UK Future Earth, fostering links and collaboration with existing projects and established researchers. Simultaneously, however, it seeks to develop an autonomous identity as a network, recognizing both the important potential contributions, and the specific needs of researchers and practitioners at an early career stage.


Our Aims

  • Fostering interdisciplinary dialogue between ECRPs engaged with sustainability issues.
  • Promoting practices of co-production with stakeholders in interdisciplinary research.
  • Developing an infrastructure to facilitate this dialogue, exploring innovative ways to connect people and ideas.
  • Providing a platform for engagement of ECRPs with academic and non-academic communities, including at major international events.
  • Embodying values of sustainability and equity in the practice of research and other activities.
  • Growing the network to facilitate greater engagement and to ensure that the community is self-sustaining.
  • Providing support for ECRPs in terms of facilitating mentoring opportunities, sharing job and funding announcements, skills sharing, and providing possibilities for collaboration.
  • Developing links with other early career networks, and with more senior researchers and practitioners willing to offer help and guidance.

In order to further these aims, the network will engage in a range of activities.  These include co-ordinating events (online and in person), sharing resources, producing blog posts, and other written materials, as well as activities to foster engagement beyond the ECRP network.


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