The  Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Urban Studies Network is an Urban Institute (UI) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) initiative, supported by the Faculty of Social Science at Sheffield (FoSS).

It has been designed to provide a supportive space where to discuss issues and opportunities related to career development. It is managed by the Director of ECRs Development, Dr Michele Lancione (UI/USP).


20 individuals to be selected from self-defining ECRs ‘Urban Studies’ scholars in FoSS.

Apply by 1st October 2019 at: https://forms.gle/s6FYLtCXDtBYQdon8

Main activities

  • Seven two-hour training workshops
  • Two ECRs away-days
  • One writing retreat
  • The organisation of an ECRs-led event
  • 1-to-1 support with the network’s Director

Calendar 2019/2020

The program begins with a lunch (provided) on Wednesday, 09/10/19, 12:30pm, INOX Dine, Level 5, Students’ Union.

Training workshops

Workshops see the participation of FoSS’ colleagues and are led by volunteers from the network (Drs Burgum, Habermehl, Higgins, Macrorie, Owen, Robin, Sawyer). They will take place in the ICOSS Glass meeting room. Refreshments are provided.

  1. Publications: Writing for and beyond Academia. With Prof. Alasdair Rae and Prof. Vanesa Castan Broto. Tuesday, 15/10/19, 12-2pm.
  2. How to navigate the REF. With Dr. Steve Hincks and Dr Ryan Powell. Tuesday, 19/11/19, 12-2pm.
  3. The new academic career pathways. With Prof. John Flint. Tuesday, 10/12/19, 12-2pm.
  4. What is impact? With Prof. Beth Perry and Dr Lee Crookes. Tuesday, 11/02/20, 12-2pm.
  5. Funding & networks. With Dr Tom Goodfellow and Dr Philipp Horn. Tuesday, 10/03/20, 12-2pm.
  6. Teaching & TEF. With Dr Irit Katz and a Faculty L&T Officer (name TBC) Tuesday, 12/05/20, 12-2pm.
  7. Research & fieldwork. With Prof. Jenny Pickerill and Dr Melanie Lombard. Tuesday, 16/06/20, 12-2pm.


  • Reflecting on career trajectories. Tuesday, 03/12/19, 9am-2pm; Arts Tower (room TBC); lunch is provided.
  • Preparing the ECRs-led event. Tuesday, 14/04/20, 9am-2pm; Arts Tower (room TBC); lunch is provided.

Writing retreat

ECRs writing days. Accommodation is provided for two nights. Thursday-Friday, 25-26/06/20, location TBC. 

ECRs-led event

Organised by the network’s participants during the second away-day, it could take the form of an application to the ESRC Festival of Social Science, planning for a workshop, or similar.

1-to-1 support

Sessions can be booked with Dr Lancione. 

The 2019/20 program ends with a BYO lunch/feedback session on Tuesday, 07/07/20, 1-2pm, ICOSS boardroom.

For further information

For info on the network:  m.lancione@sheffield.ac.uk – ECRs mailing list: ecrsurban-group@sheffield.ac.uk

RSVP to calendar invitation is mandatory to attend each event.