Introduction

Many Early Career Researchers are finding it hard to face the environmental and social challenges of today, as only few educational institutions address them, hence finding themselves unprepared, lacking both personal and professional support. This is why in 2020, we launched a pilot program of the LEAP Researchers’ Track with 12 earlier career researchers, aiming to address these challenges. The LEAP Research Track therefore aims to empower academics, helping them reach their full potential in personal development, while fulfilling the mission of transforming economics and management education.

The program focuses on participants’ personal development, alongside providing support in the field of research and teaching. It helps shape their perspective on changes in economics and management education required to face the challenges and better understand their role in pushing these changes by becoming well informed, reflective, and purpose-driven change agents. We intend to contribute to designing an economic system that allows both the Planet and people to prosper.

The 9-month program with 12 earlier career researchers started in September, and it focuses on the element of self-development and experiential learning.
The track aims
1) to develop a community of earlier career researchers who are willing to develop their leadership, teaching, and research skills
2) to create & cultivate a culture of cooperation with shared values.
3) to allow practicing the acquired competencies by coaching university students on curriculum reform.

In 2020, these 12 researchers had monthly meetings alternating personal and professional topics. Topics such as getting to know their strengths, art of convening, and social media and research were covered in 2020. All participants have a 1:1 coach and a possibility to interact with each other in a peer to peer group. This program will run until June 2021.

We aim at turning this pilot program into a successful project with long-lasting effects on future professors and researchers participating.

Research Track 2020

The 9-month program with 12 earlier career researchers started in September, and it focuses on the element of self-development and experiential learning.
The track aims
1) to develop a community of earlier career researchers who are willing to develop their leadership, teaching, and research skills
2) to create & cultivate a culture of cooperation with shared values.
3) to allow practicing the acquired competencies by coaching university students on curriculum reform.

In 2020, these 12 researchers had monthly meetings alternating personal and professional topics. Topics such as getting to know their strengths, art of convening, and social media and research were covered in 2020. All participants have a 1:1 coach and a possibility to interact with each other in a peer to peer group. This program will run until June 2021.

We aim at turning this pilot program into a successful project with long-lasting effects on future professors and researchers participating.

Participants


Nicolás AguilaNicolás Aguilaoikos InternationalCurriculum Change Manager

Tabea BereutherTabea BereutherUniversity of St.GallenParticipant

Oliver BraunschweigOliver BraunschweigThe New School, New YorkParticipant

Clara Lea Dallaire-FortierClara Lea Dallaire-FortierLund UniversityParticipant

Ádám KerényiÁdám KerényiInstitute of World Economics, BudapestParticipant

Jakob KnaufJakob KnaufUniversity of St.GallenParticipant

Sarah MartinSarah MartinHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, LiepzigParticipant

Mariam PatsatsiaMariam PatsatsiaUniversity of BremenParticipant

Lennart ReymannLennart ReymannPolytechnische Schule Im Zentrum, ViennaParticipant

Florian RommelFlorian RommelCusanus UniversityParticipant

Magdalena Rusch, BA MScMagdalena Rusch, BA MScUniversity of GrazParticipant

Lea TrogrlicLea TrogrlicEcole polytechnique fédérale de LausanneParticipant
Testimonials

“I really enjoyed being part of this program as it helped me to reflect on my personal values and strengths and supported me how to use them in my private and professional life. The program with its diverse people and topics was a great source of inspiration for current and future projects and personal developments. Thanks a lot, to oikos international and the entire LEAP researcher’s track cohort for making the nine months such an exciting joint learning experience.” 

– Tabea Bereuther

“It was a pleasure to get to know fellow oikees from so many different places and to explore with them the meaning and practice of our research in the LEAP Researchers’ Track. The self-led group process, the small-group discussions, and the individual coaching reinforced each other and contributed to the success of this program. It inspired my academic work and opened up new perspectives. I was always looking forward to our next meeting in which we reflected on our goals, approaches, and strengths, brought together by the ideals of support for each other, open-mindedness, and care for sustainability.”

– Oliver Braunschweig

“The LEAP researcher’s track has helped me to set the stage for my PhD in the very beginning. The programme has helped me to identify and set up the environment I need to thrive in. Additionally, I gained insights of how to apply hands-on tools to improve my way of working. All in all, I can only recommend this programme to everyone who embarks on the PhD journey.”

– Lea Trogrlic

“The LEAP Researchers’ Track has really boosted my personal development in research and teaching. Monthly meetings, 1:1 coaching, and advising university students on curriculum reform are just a few examples of this program where participants can create real impact towards greater sustainability.”

– Jakob Knauf

“The oikos LEAP researcher’s track was a thought-provoking and creative journey that inspired me in many different ways. It is a great leadership program that offers space for dialogue, co-creation, and personal development. For me, it was an excellent place to connect with like-minded people and explore new ideas together. I am very grateful for all the insightful sessions about leadership, coaching, sustainability (e.g., in higher education), and research topics during the last 9 months.”

– Magdalena Rusch