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Redefining the role of urban studies Early Career Academics in the post-COVID-19 university

Ahmed, Nabeela and Baker, Alexander G. and Bhattacharya, Akash and Cawood, Sally and Cabrera Pacheco, Ana Julia and Daniel, Mallo Maren and Grandi, Matheus and Grimaldo-Rodríguez, Christian O. and Guma, Prince K. and Habermehl, Victoria and Higgins, Katie and Lata, Lutfun Nahar and Liu, Minsi and Luederitz, Christopher and Macktoom, Soha and Macrorie, Rachel and Melgaço, Lorena and Morales, Inés and Noterman, Elsa and Owen, Gwilym and Oyalowo, Basirat and Purvis, Ben and Enora, Robin and Sawyer, Lindsay and Terruhn, Jessica and Unnikrishnan, Hita and Verbeek, Thomas and Villegas, Claudia and Westman, Linda (2022) 'Redefining the role of urban studies Early Career Academics in the post-COVID-19 university.', City, 26 (4). pp. 562-586.


We are an international collective of Early Career Academics (ECAs) who met throughout 2020 to explore the implications of COVID-19 on precarious academics. With this intervention, our aims are to voice commonly shared experiences and concerns and to reflect on the extent to which the pandemic offers opportunities to redefine Higher Education and research institutions, in a context of ongoing precarity and funding cuts. Specifically, we explore avenues to build solidarity across institutions and geographies, to ensure that the conduct of urban research, and support offered to ECAs, allows for more inclusivity, diversity, security and equitability.

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Date accepted:13 May 2022
Date deposited:24 June 2022
Date of first online publication:18 July 2022
Date first made open access:01 August 2022

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