Name change of “PhDs in Transitions network” to “The NEST”, logo competition and 3rd NEST-Conference

The PhDs in Transitions Network is changing its name to The NEST, The Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions. This change reaffirms our founding commitments and reflects our maturation. From the beginning, we sought to create a safe space for new entrants in the field of sustainability transitions. Now, we are consolidating this space and making it more inclusive. Our activities have always focused on empowering early career researchers (PhD candidates and those recently graduated), and this will not change. Instead, we want to make clearer that the network is not exclusive for those pursuing their PhDs. In the coming months, we will also intensify our close collaboration with the STRN network through a permanent representation of the NEST in the STRN steering group. The name NEST represents a lot of the ideas of the sustainability transitions research, which recognises the importance of protective spaces and niches in shielding, nourishing and empowering alternatives to existing socio-technical systems. Analogously, we hope to do the same to early career researchers, supporting their journeys. In the coming weeks, we will implement changes to our blog, newsletters and social media pages. The 3rd PhDs in transitions conference will be the first one to sail under the new flag. Stay tuned and help us build The NEST.

To accompany our name change, we need a new logo, and we want your help! Please send your creative suggestions to before November 15. We will then hold a public contest to select the logo that is most popular among our members. We welcome everyone to participate and look forward to your submissions!

Following two successful events in London (Greenwich) and Lausanne (EPFL), we are very excited to inform you that the 3rd NEST-Conference will be hosted at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University on the 15th and 16th of March 2018. The conference will give around 50 PhD students and early career researchers a unique opportunity to present and discuss their work in progress, and to receive feedback from peers and senior researchers. To be eligible for the conference participants’ research should be in line with the STRN research agenda. Sessions will be grouped along methodological, empirical and conceptual advancements.


Call for papers15th of October 2017

Submission deadline for extended abstracts15th of December 2017

Notification of participation15th of January 2018

Conference15th and 16th of March 2018

For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us via Best regards on behalf of The NEST: Paul van Baal, Kristina Hojcková, Denise Reike, Katharina Schiller, Julius Wesche


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