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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 themed issue: 2020 – a year of crisis or Kairos

We are currently working on the second part of a themed double issue of the Howard League ECAN Bulletin.

Contributors were encouraged to reflect on 2020 – a year of crisis, and possibly of Kairos. A year in which novel issues have emerged, while other long-standing issues have re-emerged into public consciousness. Covid-19 has caused widespread death and ill health, forced dramatic changes to working practices, and concerns about ongoing wellbeing – not least in relation to those subject to, working within, or otherwise affected by the criminal justice system and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. At the same time, police brutality resulting in several deaths in the US once again highlighted systemic injustice and inequality and provoked widespread and vital self-reflection when thinking about race and privilege. This also inspired worldwide and consequential demonstrations. Structural inequalities have been laid bare by violence and injustice in the criminal justice system. Recognition of a global climate crisis rumbles on in the background. No one issue stands alone.

You can find further details about this edition, and the submission process here and further details about part one below.

We plan to hold an event based around the themes raised in this themed double issue later in the Spring and will communicate details in due course.

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.

ECAN Bulletin Issue 46, March 2021 

2020 – a year of crisis or Kairos? ECAN themed issue, part one

In this issue you will find:

  • Justice interrupted: Experiences of enduring punishment in a pandemic
    Ryan Casey, Betsy Barkas and Caitlin Gormley, University of Glasgow
  • COVID-19 and the criminal justice system: Audio contributions
    Andrea Albutt (Prison Governors Association), Jonathan Gilbert (University of Cardiff), Kerry Ellis Devitt (Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company) and Helen Trinder (Parole Board for England and Wales)
  • Power, control, and COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities in the midst of a global health crisis
    Kelly MacKenzie, Independent researcher
  • The impact of COVID-19 for victims of hate crime and the implications for justice
    Amy Clarke, University of Leicester
  • The impact of COVID-19 on Circles of Support and Accountability
    Rosie Kitson-Boyce, Nottingham Trent University; Robin J. Wilson, McMaster University; Kieran McCartan, University of the West of England; Mechtild Höing, Avans University; Riana Taylor, Circles-UK; Isotta Rossoni, CIPM
  • Getting the right answers requires asking the right questions
    Gwen Prowse and Tracey L. Meares, Yale University

Previous bulletins can be found here.

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