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SPIRe PhD Forum

SPIRe PhD Forum 2022-23 

The SPIRe PhD Forum is a new series of events at the School of Politics and International Relations. The PhD Forum provides guidance to early-career researchers and facilitates informal discussions between SPIRe faculty and PhD students.

Two SPIRe faculty members will provide a short overview of the topic and reflect on their experiences. The remaining time will be devoted to questions and answers.

Events usually take place in a hybrid format on Thursdays from 13:00–13:50 (in the SPIRe boardroom [F301] with an option to join via Zoom). Participation is limited to current PhD students and faculty members at SPIRe.

The PhD Forum is organised by Stefan Müller.

Events in the Academic Year 2022-23

Spring Trimester 2023

Thursday, 2 February 2023 (13:00): Effective Presentations. Guest speaker: Joshua Alley

Thursday, 16 February 2023 (13:00–13:50): How to identify suitable outlets for your paper or book project? Alona DolinskyStefan Müller

Thursday, 2 March 2023 (13:00–13:50): Promoting your work and writing about your research. Guests: Heidi Riley & Alexander Dukalskis

Thursday, 30 March 2023 (13:00–13:50): Differences between postdoc positions, and how/when to apply for them. Guests: Pinar Documaci & Brian Boyle

Past Events

Autumn Trimester 2022

Thursday, 6 October 2022 (13:00–13:50): How to Deal with Setbacks. Guests: Joshua Alley & Natalia Umansky

Thursday, 20 October 2022 (13:00–13:50): Cross-National Differences in Academic Jobs and University Structures. Guests: Yoo Sun Jung and Stefan Müller

Monday, 24 October 2022 (13:30–14:30): Roundtable Discussion: How to Get Published in Journals. Guests: Richard KatzMaria Spirova & Paul Webb

Thursday, 24 November 2022 (13:00–13:50): Networking, Co-Authoring, and Attending Conferences: Samuel Johnston & Lucía Tiscornia


Spring Trimester 2022

Thursday, 27 January 2022 (13:00–13:50): Career paths beyond academia. Guests: Melanie HoewerDavid Hallinan

Thursday, 10 February 2022 (13:00–13:50): Writing grant applications. Guests: Sinéad Moriarty & Ben Tonra

Thursday, 24 February 2022 (13:00–13:50): How to write a peer review report for an academic journal. Guests: Eleonora La Spada & Joseph Lacey

Thursday, 24 March 2022 (13:00–13:50): When and how to say “no” in academia. Guests: Niamh HardimanAlexa Zellentin

Thursday, 7 April 2022 (13:00–13:50): How to ensure and improve transparency in qualitative and quantitative research. Richard MaherStefan Müller


Autumn Trimester 2021

Thursday, 23 September 2021 (13:00–13:50): What and where to publish: Articles versus books versus book chapters. Guests: Samuel Brazys & Dawn Walsh 

Thursday, 14 October 2021 (13:00–13:50): How to get your research published in a peer-reviewed journal, and how to deal with rejections. Guests: Thomas Däubler & Stephanie Dornschneider 

Thursday, 28 October 2021 (13:00–13:50): Building an academic CV. Guests: Stefan Müller & Yoo Sun Jung 

Thursday, 11 November 2021 (13:00–13:50): Navigating the academic job market. Guests: Alona Dolinsky & Aidan Regan 

Thursday, 25 November 2021 (13:00–13:50): Open session for issues, concerns, and suggestions. Guests: Jos Elkink & Alexa Zellentin 

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

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