Building and maintaining contacts and networks is a central part of successful career development in academia and in policy-related research. The BERA Area Networks supports Associates in expanding their local, national and international networks. The development of networks is pursued broadly and includes establishing contact with academic researchers, policy makers and policy advisors. The growth of networks is encouraged by increasing Associates’ visibility online, through informal meetings with other Associates and by providing formal settings, such as BERA Soirées, an annual event featuring discourse with accomplished researchers and policy advisers.

The director of the BERA Area Networks is Lukas Menkhoff (DIW Berlin and HU Berlin).