Emerging Scholar Awards


A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."


Final Deadline: 17 February 2020

2020 Recipients

Chris Cartright

Chris Cartright

Georgia Southern University, United States

Chris Cartright grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti before studying creative writing at Florida State University. Since earning his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012, Chris has taught composition, creative writing, gender studies, and literature courses. He's a lecturer of English at Georgia Southern University, and he has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. His research focuses on the intersection of popular culture and political discourses. Chris hopes to begin a PhD program in sociology in Fall 2020.

Laura Bullon-Cassis

Laura Bullon-Cassis

New York University, United States

Laura is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Media, Culture and Communications at NYU. Her dissertation focuses on the youth climate movement’s influence on the style and substance of climate change and sustainable development negotiations at the United Nations. As a writer with the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) Reporting Services, Laura regularly attends UN environmental conferences and negotiations worldwide. She holds an MSc in Global Politics and a BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and has held roles at Pratt Institute, the academic journal Public Culture, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, and the PR firm Edelman. She has published her work in academic and media outlets, including OpenDemocracy, Global Policy Journal and The Global Journal.

​Manjari Balu

​Manjari Balu

The Peninsula Foundation, India

Manjari Balu is currently a research analyst at The Peninsula Foundation, a research based think tank based out of India. Economics graduate with keen interest in undertaking research in development economics and policy especially in developing countries. She has initiated multiple events during her short career to mainstream intellectual thinking in her community. Aspiring to be in academia, she has her stints in teaching economics for college level students. With a balanced experience in both academic and corporate sector, she has holistically comprehended the development trajectory.

Irene Routté

Irene Routté

University of Michigan, United States

Irene Routté graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Religion and African American Studies and received her Divinity degree from Harvard University specializing in ritual theory and trauma studies focused on place-making and mental health practices in immigrant communities. She is currently a doctoral student in University of Michigan’s Joint Program in Social Work and Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Her research interests focus on how refugees and internally displaced communities conceptualize and share their connection to the environment and landscape, both natural and constructed, and how this impacts community empowerment, development and wellbeing. She is particularly concerned with communities at risk for displacement due to climate change related events and seeks to bring greater emphasis on non-economic loss and damage (NELD) and place-making in climate change research and policy responses.

Gabriel Rached

Gabriel Rached

Universidade Federal Fluminense & Univesità degli Studi di Milano, Brazil

Dr. Gabriel Rached is researcher and Assistant Professor. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) with his thesis concerning Multilateral Organizations and economic development. He carries out research and teaches on the topic of Political Economy and is involved with undergraduate and graduate activities. From 2016, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies (Università degli Studi di Milano) conducting research into BRICS and the insertion of these emerging countries in the international arena. Since then, has been studying thematics related to Global Shifts, New Global Governance and contemporary changes in the international system.

​Nurul Hasnat Ove

​Nurul Hasnat Ove

President, Leadership Development Association Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Nurul Hasnat Ove is a social entrepreneur and community Leader from Bangladesh. He is founder President of World Merit Bangladesh which is working with the United Nations to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. By providing training on Leadership and knowledge on SDGs World Merit Bangladesh has a network of more than 100000 around the world and has an extensive network all around members in Bangladesh. Ove is also the Global Schools Ambassador at UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth at Global School Program where he has been working with other 60 from 38 Countries. Today, more than half of the world’s population is under 30 years of age, making millennial the biggest generation of young people the world has ever seen. Being the best educated generation that has ever existed, millennia’s have the potential to change the course of history and lead the planet on a path to greater prosperity, peace and ultimately, sustainable development. To ensure a successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals, young people’s imagination, creativity and idealism must be cultivated and used as a means to achieve this dream. However, to harness the power of youth, firstly there is an urgent need to educate them about the importance of the SDGs and secondly to provide them with opportunities to implement these goals through local action. Currently, many young people are not familiar with the concept of sustainable development and its global implications. This reinforces the need for a program that brings SDGs closer to students,teachers and schools in a serious attempt to build consciousness and leadership around this agenda.Therefore, with the help of World Merit and UNSDSN Mr. Nurul Hasnat Ove is trying to generate interest about sustainable development in schools in an effort to educate and engage students with the SDGs and to encourage them to prioritize the goals in their lifestyles, behaviors, education and professional careers.

Gabrielle Aquino-Adriatico

Gabrielle Aquino-Adriatico

University of Houston, United States

Gabrielle’s research focuses on understanding the complexities of human trafficking and its impact on minority populations. Specifically, Gabrielle is interested in culturally grounded sustainable interventions for the aftercare of survivors of both labor and sex trafficking. Gabrielle has conducted domestic and international research on human trafficking, specifically in Southeast Asia. Her scholarly agenda is inspired by her direct practice experience in Los Angeles as well as her experiences with survivors of trafficking from Thailand and the Philippines. Gabrielle is passionate about advocating for human rights and promoting social justice locally and globally.

In Their Words

I talked to many different people, I learned a lot, I saw a myriad of subjects, and because I was a graduate scholar, I was given the opportunity to understand and see how the conference worked."

Raquel Amin, 2015 Awardee

One of the most important skills I acquired as a Graduate Scholar was networking with fellow participants at the conference. My position gave me the opportunity to talk with many delegates, with whom I might not have communicated if I had not chaired their panels."

Lieselot Verdonck, 2014 Awardee

I have to thank the lovely organisers for giving me the privilege position. As an early career academic, the award is timely for my professional development."

Rachel Tan, 2017 Awardee