Social Sciences & Humanities
Globalization, regionalization, urbanization: an analysis of the worldwide maritime network since the early 18th century
The Social World, Diversity, Population (SH3)
Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences
“It seems a bit paradoxical, but with the ERC I had to put my ego aside.”
My ERC project consists in studying the Lloyd’s of London (shipping) Register from 1890 onwards. I had to recruit a team of young researchers to assist me. As their employer, I pay them, organize their work, and renew or terminate their contracts. At one point there were nine people working on the project, some with very different profiles to my own. Yet when I started my ERC project I had no management experience. Researchers don’t get that kind of training. Even supervising PhD students doesn’t prepare us for that. The skills, time and learning needed to work effectively with a team are grossly underestimated! To handle the situation, I had to leave my comfort zone in order to be in constant interaction with others, and really listen to them. I was no longer the only one in charge! It seems a bit paradoxical, but with the ERC I had to put my ego aside. I hadn’t expected that aspect of the experience, and it was most beneficial.