Summarizing EMES Training schools: 'A group of colleagues and friends to whom I can always reach out'

Summarizing EMES Training schools: 'A group of colleagues and friends to whom I can always reach out'

Caption: Marina at the #7EMESconf in Sheffield (UK)

 

As we are approaching the #8EMEStrainingschool, it’s a good idea to think about the added value that EMES training schools provide to PhD students and early-career researchers (ECR). Young researchers involved in the topics like social enterprises, third sector, voluntary associations, social and solidarity economy are a central part of the EMES community.

We asked Marina Novikova to share her experience of the #6EMEStrainingschool held in Marseille (France) and the #7EMEStrainingschool held online. A reflection from Marina, PhD candidate at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) (Lisbon, Portugal), testifies on meaningful relationships created during previous training schools.

 

I have found a group of colleagues and friends to whom I can always reach out to…

The first time I joined the EMES Training school was back in 2018, only 8 months into my PhD. I was a freshman who was looking for peer support and an exciting and stimulating exchange about all things social entrepreneurship and social innovation, as my PhD thesis focused on social innovation in European rural areas. Since then, I also joined the EMES Training school in October 2020 where I had a chance to present the mid-way developments of my PhD thesis, receiving the feedback and support I so needed during the consolidation stages of my work. Fast forward 4 years from my first ever EMES Training school, I have found the group of colleagues and friends whom I can always reach out to, I have become active in supporting the PhD community of EMES through the PhD representatives group – and currently am approaching the submission of my PhD thesis. All in all, I would highly recommend becoming a part of the School – and am looking forward to joining the new edition of the 8th EMES Training school 2022 in Seville!

Thank you, Marina!

In addition to completing her PhD at ISCTE-IUL, Marina is a Research Assistant at The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) (Dresden, Germany).

 

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