Welcome to the Australian SHAPE EMCR Network

Supporting, connecting and advocating for early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) working in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts for People and Environment (SHAPE) disciplines across Australia.

It all starts with the humanities, creative arts and social sciences.

Launched in mid-2022, SHAPE Futures is an early- and mid-career network for the disciplines of the humanities, creative arts and social sciences. Our purpose is to ensure the humanities, arts and social sciences thrive and excel in Australia, by fostering an inclusive and diverse community that supports, empowers and promotes Australian early and mid-career researchers, within and beyond academia.

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Our purpose and steps moving forward

The Australian SHAPE EMCR Network brings together members from across the country to build a promising future for the humanities, creative arts and social sciences, one that ensures this sector is vibrant and recognised as nationally important.

1. Advocate

The Network provides representation for EMCRs through advocacy, submissions and a public voice through social and traditional media.

2. Connect

SHAPE Futures brings together diverse EMCRs through events and networking opportunities, newsletters and industry linkages.

3. Opportunities and Support

Meeting the specific needs of EMCRs by raising awareness of opportunities, resources, and avenues of support.

Take control of your future. Together.

Join the SHAPE Futures Network

We welcome all early- and mid-career researchers involved in SHAPE disciplines to become a member of the Australian SHAPE EMCR Network and enjoy a range of benefits including access to member only e-newsletters, invitations and notification of events, and calls for input into our advocacy projects.

  • Meet Australia’s SHAPE EMCRs – Professor Philip Batterham

    Meet Australia’s SHAPE EMCRs – Professor Philip Batterham

    Phil Batterham is a Professor at the Centre for Mental Health Research, in the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University. His research interests include implementing digital tools to prevent mental disorders, reducing risk of suicide, assessing mental health in the population, and reducing the stigma of mental illness. His excellence in his…

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Upcoming Events

The SHAPE Futures Network will host and support a range of events across the humanities, creative arts and social sciences each year. Be the first to know about upcoming events by becoming a member today.

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Help us improve our network and website

Are you interested in providing your feedback on the current experiences and challenges faced as an early- or mid-career researcher EMCR? We want to know what issues EMCRs from different contexts are experiencing. We seek suggestions for building and developing our network, and for ensuring our website is informative each time you visit. Contact us today.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian SHAPE EMCR Network recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and custodians of this land, and pays respect to Elders past and present. We acknowledge the continued cultural and spiritual connections to Country and community.