The aim of the Early Career Mind Network project is to establish a strong network of early career researchers in the philosophy of mind who do not yet have permanent positions in academic philosophy.

The project is structured around three initiatives:

(1) a series of research forums will allow participants to engage in research-focused discussions, providing the foundations for outstanding and innovative research. The meetings will provide an opportunity for early career philosophers of mind to come together to share ongoing research, receive informed and constructive feedback from one another, and explore potential areas for collaboration together. The meetings will be held at different institutions in the UK and will be small, to ensure they allow for the kind of considered and open-ended discussions that best help presenters to improve their work and that will nurture future research collaborations.

As well as providing ECRs with opportunities for peer-to-peer research and support, there will be a training seminar at each meeting, in which an expert will offer advice and guidance on grant applications, on collaborative and interdisciplinary research, or on pathways to impact.

(2) a conference will allow participants to share their work with world-leading senior academics, thereby expanding their network of contacts and collaborators;

(3) an engagement event will cultivate the abilities of early career philosophers of mind to contribute to public debate and policy making about the mind, mental health and well-being.


The Early Career Mind Network is based in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and is run by Alisa Mandrigin.

The Early Career Mind Network is generously supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award 2016-17.