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Early Career Academics Network


The Howard League for Penal Reform’s early career academics network is an internet based network to help you keep in touch with each other, provide a regular channel of communication and information about research and promote closer working and an interface between academics and campaigners. You can link up with other ECAN members through our Facebook group.

The network members’ pages will aim to develop debate, include articles, letters and opinion pieces. There are also periodic events aimed at ECAN members.

ECAN members

The network is intended for academics in their first post or post graduate students aiming for academic or research post.  Anyone working in fields related to criminology, social policy, law, humanities or research interests related to these areas can join the network.

‘The Howard League’s Early Career Academic Network has provided me with a user-friendly and convenient way to develop my research ideas. I always find it constructive to explore other academics’ research interests to reflect and create my unique approach to research. The opportunity that ECAN provides for networking is invaluable, and usually one of the best ways to create opportunities is through meeting others. I will continue to use, and recommend the use of ECAN to others throughout my doctoral research and further into the development of my career as a social researcher.’ Claire de Motte, Nottingham Trent University

Members’ e-bulletin

All members will receive an e-bulletin three times a year providing information about policy developments, resources and campaigns.

Download the latest e-bulletin: ECAN Bulletin Issue 33, July 2017

In this issue you will find:

  • The potential and pitfalls of ‘problem-solving courts’ for women
    Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge, explores the potential contribution of specialist women’s courts in the debate about strategies to reduce women’s imprisonment as the number of women in prison has just crept above the 4,000 threshold.
  • Preventing suicide in prisons: prisoners’ lives matter
    Professor Graham Towl , Durham University, draws on his extensive knowledge and research for his new book, with David Creighton with the same title, to argue that greater priority needs to be given to the issue of prison suicide.
  • ‘In humanity’s machine’: Prison health and History 
    Dr Fiachra Byrne, University College Dublin, uses his research as part of the comparative history project, Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000, to explore the treatment of juveniles in custody in Ireland and England since the mid-19th century.
  • ‘Spicing up the subject’
    Anna Norton, one for last year’s Sunley Prize winners, reflects on the findings in her work on drugs, especially new psychoactive substances like spice in prison.
  • Human rights and desistance: Converging approaches to community justice
    David Cross’, another highly commended Sunley Prize entry, argues that a human rights approach to supervising offenders in the community can provide additional legitimacy and credibility to desistance focused intervention by reinforcing essential human dignity.

The previous bulletin can be found here.

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