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Early career fellowships and academic career paths in social sciences and humanities

Monday 14th November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Pavilion Room

HH RAs/RFs and senior members will share crucial bits and pieces about their early career fellowships, grants, and career paths in the social sciences and humanities. Speakers will briefly introduce themselves followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Join us in a relaxed atmosphere with some light dinner and drinks after the panel discussion. Open to all PhD students and postdocs.

Why join?

• Get an idea of how an academic career could look like
• Get tips for your fellowship proposals from early career scientists
• Ask all your questions about the academic career path and fellowship/grant applications

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Any questions? Get in touch with organiser Markus Hoepfler (mh647)


  • Dr Sonia Ilie, Governing Body Fellow
    Dr Ilie is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education. She works on projects related to inequalities in the access to, learning during, and outcomes of, education. Her research focuses on both England, and the developing context, and uses quantitative methods applied to large scale survey data from a variety of sources. She has previously worked on the TALIS 2013 national report for England, on projects concerning fair access to university in the UK, as well as a data analyst on a range of projects related to student attainment in mathematics, school effectiveness, and school leadership. Currently, she is involved in a 3-year research project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England exploring students’ learning gain in higher education.
  • Dr Farah Ahmed, Governing Body Fellow
    Farah Ahmed is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She co-convenes the Intercultural and Conflict-transformation Dialogue’ strand of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research group. Her current project is: Rethinking Islamic education for British Muslim children: a philosophical investigation of dialogue in Islamic educational theory and an empirical study trialling dialogic pedagogy in UK madrasahs (supplementary schools).
    Farah has published widely on Islamic education and is founder and Director of Education and Research at Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, where she has worked for seventeen years on research driven curriculum development and teacher education for Muslim teachers.
  • Dr Konstantina Maragkou, Research Associate
    Konstantina is an applied economist specialising in quantitative methods and quasi-experimental research designs. Her research addresses timely topics in education particularly looking at the post-16 education trajectories of young people and inequalities in participation and attainment, and the drivers of it – including socio-economic background, family composition, personality traits, school factors and information advice and guidance. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of programmes and interventions to improve access to, participation in, and outcomes from further and higher education.
  • Dr Lucrezia Nava, Research Associate
    Lucrezia is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, where she studies the perceptions of organizations and other stakeholders on climate change mitigation strategies, and in particular on negative emissions technologies and practices. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Management and International Management from Bocconi University in Milan and a CEMS Master’s degree in International Management, and completed her PhD in Management Sciences at Esade Business School in Barcelona, in the Department of Society, Policy and Sustainability.
    In her PhD, Lucrezia studied how organizational members interpret and respond to natural environmental stimuli such as climate change or natural disasters, and how these interpretations and responses shape organizational practices. Her research is multidisciplinary: it draws on organization theory, behavioral strategy, social and environmental psychology, geography, and the natural sciences. She also uses quantitative (OLS, SEM, PLSSEM, text analysis) and qualitative (content analysis, thematic analysis, inductive coding) methods.
    The main contexts of study of Lucrezia’s research are cocoa producers and native communities in Brazil, Japanese and European companies (mainly oil & gas, energy and agroforestry), environmental NGOs and public agencies.
  • Dr Markus Höpfler, Research Associate (Host)
    Dr Markus Höpfler is a postdoctoral scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Before moving to Cambridge, he studied molecular biology at the University of Vienna, Austria, and did his PhD research on cellular protein degradation systems at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried, Germany. Markus is dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms used by cells to balance their resources and adapt to changing conditions. In particular, his work focuses on feedback mechanisms that act during protein production to maintain the correct ratio of different proteins within the cell. A better understanding of these basic mechanisms is highly relevant for numerous diseases, such as cancer and inflammatory conditions. His postdoctoral research is supported by fellowships from EMBO and the Marie Curie programme.