Research Cooperative

The words 'Research Coooperative' in black on a white background, in between an image of an academic poster and and image of several laptops and other devices, arranged around a table


The ISA Research Cooperative complements existing programs to cultivate the work of more junior colleagues (i.e., JSS, Pay It Forward, and the Global South Emerging Scholars Workshop, among other Special Annual Convention Programs). The purpose of this program is fourfold:

(1) To enhance inclusion for members not able to attend the in-person ISA Annual Convention (or other in-person regional ISA conferences);

(2) To increase access to feedback in general;

(3) To provide a relaxed and supportive environment in which participants can hone their presentation and research skills; and

(4) To facilitate a structured opportunity for senior scholars to engage with and learn from junior scholars and vice versa.


The Research Cooperative will take the form of a one-on-one virtual meeting between a presenter and a discussant. The presenter will briefly present their work utilizing a single slide that serves as a poster (7- 10 minutes for that presentation). At a minimum, the discussant will provide feedback on the presentation, but may also answer any questions the presenter might have about professional development more broadly, such as academic career planning or publishing. The virtual discussion, which would take place at both parties’ convenience during the October 2022 time frame, will last a maximum of 60 minutes.


Following a successful pilot program with 25 student participants, ISA will reevaluate the number of participation slots available, depending on discussant capacity. ISA anticipates running this program three to four times annually. Future iterations may have more capacity to provide access for mid-career and established scholars to present, but at first, priority will be given to emerging/early-career scholars. ISA membership is required to apply.

In their application, presenters must explain why they would benefit from participating in the Research Cooperative. Preference in selection will be given to those unable to attend ISA’s annual convention or one of the North American regional meetings.

Discussants Wanted!

Are you interested in participating by sharing your feedback and experience? We're looking for volunteers to serve as discussants for this new program. If you are willing, please fill out the volunteer form. Discussants will be recognized in the ISA newsletter for their service.


Thursday, August 25 Application submission deadline
Week of September 12 Draft program announced
Monday, October 3 Poster submission deadline
Monday, October 17 - Monday, October 31 Discussants and participants meet at a mutually-agreed date and time


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