Early Career Workshop

The SASE Early Career Workshop (ECW) is a one-day workshop that provides an opportunity for a longer and deeper discussion of applicants’ conference papers. It takes place the day before the start of the annual conference (the next edition is 26 June 2024 in Limerick). The 2024 Early Career Workshop will be hosted in partnership with the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) – who also co-hosted the 2022 Workshop – with senior SASE and Digit professors.

Submissions for the 2024 closed on January 19th, 2024.


About Digit

Digit (the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre) aims to advance our understanding of how digital technologies are reshaping work, impacting on employers, employees, job seekers and governments. It is co-led by the University of Sussex Business School and Leeds University Business School, with partners from Aberdeen, Cambridge, Manchester and Monash Universities. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


Applicants to the Workshop must be PhD students or researchers having obtained their PhD within 3 years of the annual SASE meeting. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply. In order to apply for the Workshop, your paper abstract must be submitted and accepted to the main conference through the normal process.


Applicants must also submit the following materials in English before the general submission period ends:

  • full paper

  • two-page CV

  • one-page case for support – a letter detailing why you wish to attend the workshop and what financial support you require from SASE (approximate cost of travel, whether you need housing during the conference, and what support you have from your home institution)


All of this must be submitted via the submissions system before the general submissions deadline passesAny application without all of these elements will not be considered for inclusion in the Workshop.


While two papers may be submitted to the SASE conference, applicants may submit only one paper to be considered for the ECW. Only those papers accepted to the main conference will be considered for inclusion in the Workshop.


Conference registration and membership fees are waived for ECW participants. Full conference accommodation will also be provided, including the additional night of accommodation for the Workshop. Travel costs will be covered based on need and available funds. Participants not requiring support for travel or accommodations should state this in their one-page letter.


Participants will receive a certificate of participation. In the case of co-authored papers, please note that only one author may participate in the Workshop for a given paper.


There will be approximately 15-20 competitively allocated spots in the Workshop. Notification of acceptance will be made in March/April 2024. These spots will be awarded on the basis of the quality of the paper submitted to the SASE main conference, as assessed by the ECW Committee and Faculty. Additional criteria for ranking papers receiving the same quality assessment include PhD status, academic status, and co-authorship. In particular, priority will be given to:


  1. PhD students closer to their defense;

  2. Researchers who have just received their PhD;

  3. Applicants without a tenured position;

  4. Single-author papers;

  5. Applicants without tenured co-authors.


Throughout the selection process, the ECW Committee and Faculty are committed to ensuring gender and geographical balance at equal paper quality levels.


Previous Workshop participants are not eligible to participate a second time.