The Global Research Network is an independent organization of early career academics around the world. Our mission is to encourage openness, connection and diversity. Our independent Think Tank looks to fill a gap in the global policy space by engaging voices from around the world (in particular scholars for whom English is not a first language and minority, female, LGBTQ, disabled, refugee academics). Our programmes cover a range of thematic areas and global issues. Our core values are equality, kindness, and care, which we use to interrogate existing policies and to propose alternatives.

The Junior Fellows running the programmes come from a wide range of backgrounds and are curating useful resources on each of the thematic areas for new researchers, as well as writing briefs, blog posts, and creating vlogs. They are guided by a group of experienced Fellows and our Board as we work together to build a platform for intellectuals who want to contribute to wider social debate and public good. The Think Tank, drawing on members from the GRN, aims to be cross-disciplinary and without borders. Get in touch if you would like to join, donate, or cover one of our stories.

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At the Global Research Network we are setting up a scholarship bursary in memory of Professor Peter Fitzpatrick, for BAME (Black And Minority Ethnic) phd students and early career researchers, based on financial need and research dealing with any aspect of Peter’s work. Please donate here:


COVID-19 Online Live Panel Stream

April 20, 2020 10:00AM BST/UTC+1

Featured Event

To celebrate the launch of the Think Tank the Global Research Network will be hosting a LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION on the implications of COVID-19 and the opportunities it offers for radical social change. The discussion will begin at 10am GMT, 20th April 2020 (streamed to our YouTube channel), and as a public service it will be free to watch – so please share with your friends! Questions will be taken afterwards from GRN members. Our guests will include (among others): Alexander Stingl (Chair of the Scientific Committee for ‘Juridifying the Anthropocene’, assisting the French High Court of Appeal); Dr. Caroline Godart (feminist philosopher and author), Dr. Raza Saeed (Assistant Professor at Warwick Law School) and Dr. Heather Morgan (social scientist at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Applied Health Sciences).

Latest Working Papers

Recent Blog Posts

What do a cat in the UK Prime Minister’s Cabinet, honeybees who forage, horses who drive a carriage, beavers who build a dam and dogs who detect explosives have in common?[1] At first glance, not much, if you judge by their species. But take a closer look and you will see that they work, whether for the well-being and subsistence of their own communities or towards the health, wealth and welfare of the multispecies society through the production of goods or the provision of services.
Although several pieces of research have concluded that aquatic animals are sentient beings, many of them are still being confined, cultivated, and executed by aquaculture companies to satisfy human needs. This reality, comparable to that experienced by land animals that are victims of the farming industry, differs from the latter in the absence of clearly defined welfare standards.
On the morning of 1 November 1755, a sequence of earthquakes struck Lisbon, Portugal, claiming the lives of approximately 70,000 people. Befalling the city during the European Enlightenment, the catastrophe stimulated a rich dialogue about its underlying cause between two preeminent philosophers of the day: Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Call for Papers

We are currently looking for more papers to publish. Please click here for more information.