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PAIS Postdoctoral Research Coordinator

PAIS has been extremely successful in attracting early career researchers into the department on postdoctoral fellowships in recent years. We currently host over fifteen postdoctoral fellows working in all areas of departmental research activity. Our postdoctoral community ar fairly evely split between those early career fellows who have come to the department on large grants (such as the GR:EEN Project) and those who have won individually awarded fellowships through dedicated early career fellowship (ECF) schemes (such as the British Academy, ESRC, and Leverhulme Trust). A series of recent successes in both types of scheme have made PAIS home to one of the largest postdoctotal communities of scholars in politics and international relations in Europe. Successes in ECF schemes over the 2008-2012 period have brought funding to the department of over £1 million and have created vibrant research environment for both the fellows and the department in wider terms. A large number of former fellows have gone on to secure permanent positions in the UK and abroad.

We always want to hear from high quality candidates who would like to work with member sof staff on applciations to funders such as those mentioned above. Prospective fellows interested in applying for postdoctoral funding through PAIS should, in the first instance, make contact with a member of academic staff who they hope will act as their designated mentor. The research interests of staff can be found at-a-glance on the academic staff listing, which also contains links to more in-depth research profiles. Once a commitment has been secured from a potential mentor, they can, if they wish, contact myself (e.a.page@warwick.ac.uk) for further advice or assistance. Details of some of the key funding sources for postdoctoral research can be found on this page.

PAIS Research Ethics Officer

Both PAIS, and Warwick University in general terms, is committed to advancing and safeguarding the highest academic and ethical standards in all its research activities and ethical research issues are monitored through the University’s Research Ethics Committee (UREC). The UREC works closely with academic and administrative staff to ensure all members of staff and students conducting and participating in research activity that involves participants and their data adopt the University’s Research Code of Conduct, Code of Practice for Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct, Guidelines on Ethical Practice and Whistleblowing Code of Conduct.

The fundamental principle of ethical research is that all researchers must conisder the implications of their research for the integrity and well-being of participants involved in their research, the wider community and for the researcher themselves. Five particularly important principles of ethical research are the following:

  • The research should be designed so that it respects the anonymity of, and the confidentiality of information supplied by, research subjects.
  • Research participants must be fully informed about the nature, purpose, uses and potential risks of the research being conducted.
  • Research participants must not be coerced or deceived by the research process.
  • The research must not harm the participants in any way.
  • The independence of the research must be clear and any conflicts of interest made explicit.

Students and staff in PAIS concerned about research ethics issues should also consult he guidelines for research set out by Warwick’s Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC). Although it is not usually necessary for PAIS graduate student projects to be reviewed by the HSSREC, students who are concerned that one or more aspects of their project raises ethical issues may be asked to submit an application for HSSREC approval where the project is of sufficiently high risk to participants. Further details of the workings and composition of the HSSREC can be found here. The HSSREC has issued specific guidlines for student research projects here.

A short statement of the PAIS guidelines for the ethical conduct of research can be accessed here (word format). All staff and students enagged in research, however, shuld read and familiarise themselves with the University’s 2012 Research Code of Practice document prior to undertaking any research at the University. A short summary of the University's Research Code of Conduct can be read here and more details can be found on the Research Support Services website here. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) also publish a very useful ethical framework for research it supports, which can be accessed here.