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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 34, November 2017

In this issue you will find:

  • Do youth justice responses to young people’s poorly equipped passage through complex local spaces contravene Article 37 or the UNCRC?
    Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson from the University of Birmingham looks at impact of distance and the travelling experiences of young people trying to negotiate criminal justice interventions.
  • ‘Doing’ time – Young people’s experiences of the imprisonment of a family member
    Kirsty Deacon, a PhD student from the University of Glasgow, explores how the imprisonment of a parent affects teenagers.
  • Telling stories about HIV and AIDS in Irish prisons in the 1980s
    Dr Janet Weston from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine discusses her research into how the Irish prison system dealt with the first HIV cases and how she is using this to inform and develop public health debates today.
  • Still not hearing us: d/Deafness in prison part two
    Dr Laura Kelly from UCLan uses research on d/Deaf prisoners published by the Howard League in 2012 as the stimulus for her own research into how prisons accommodate and respond to their needs.
  • Opinion: Wealth, justice and culpability
    Dr Meron Wondemaghen, from the University of the West of England casts a critical eye over US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions’, call to reinstate mandatory minimum sentences.

The previous bulletin can be found here.

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