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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline.
This unique event has helped tens of thousands of scholars over nearly five decades hone research, grow networks and secure publishing contracts.
An engaging platform for discussion, debate and thinking; Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.
A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events.
Professional training aimed at PhD students and early career scholars, providing the essential skills and advice needed to establish a successful career.
Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all.
Our highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, produced in partnership with the world's leading academic publishers, share the best scholarly thinking.
Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community.
Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking in a blog format.
Our members are universities across the globe and the scholars who work and study within them; membership benefits both the individual and the institution.
We have a range of funding schemes to help progress individual careers and to support the wider development of the discipline.
From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise service and achievement across the profession.
Our Standing Groups and Research Networks award prizes for exceptional achievement within their specialist fields.
Standing Groups and Research Networks are an important and integral element of the ECPR and play a key role in delivering the mission of the organisation to its membership and wider community. The ECPR’s groups and networks provide a basis for the nurturing and development of all sub-fields of political science, whether broad or specialised, reflecting and helping to grow the diversity and inclusivity of the ECPR.
Standing Groups and Research Networks operate as distinct groups with their own memberships but under the auspices of the ECPR. As such, they can organise and participate in a wide range of activities that enable them to develop and grow their field of research and offering to the scholarly community, and by association enable the ECPR to extend its reach beyond both its membership and traditional boundaries.
Standing Groups organise significant sub disciplinary areas or broad research themes over an indefinite time period; they have a sizeable membership base, and they offer a wide range of activities.
Research Networks organise relatively small sub disciplinary areas or specialised research themes and can operate over a temporary lifespan, possibly testing the viability of a group before applying for Standing Group status.
As integral parts of the ECPR, groups and networks are formally embedded in the academic programmes of the Joint Sessions and General Conference and the editorial structure of the Political Research Exchange (PRX) journal. These formal structures allow Standing Groups and Research Networks not only to help shape the academic content of these important ECPR activities, but also to provide an outlet for research stimulated by the group and produced by its members.
The ECPR has over 50 groups and networks covering a broad range of thematic areas; from the well-established Standing Groups on Gender and Politics, International Relations and the European Union, to the more recently formed Research Networks on Food Policy and Governance, Political Culture and Voting Advice Applications.
Membership to groups and networks is open to anyone with an interest in that field and with a MyECPR account. Scholars who are affiliated to an ECPR member institution can automatically join any group or network via the relevant pages on the website. Scholars who are not affiliated to an ECPR member institution can apply to join via the relevant pages, but must have their application accepted by the Steering Committee of the group.
There is no compulsory charge to join a group, but some may ask for a voluntary donation to help support its activities. Group membership runs alongside the ECPR's membership year 1 October - 30 September. All members are asked to re-join groups on a biennial basis, through MyECPR or the relevant pages on the website.
See here for a full list of all Standing Groups and Research Networks
Any scholar affiliated to an ECPR member institution can propose the establishment of a new Standing Group or Research Network via the forms here. The application process requires both detail of the rationale behind the creation of the group and the commitment to join from at least 100 (for Standing Groups) and 20 (for Research Networks) scholars from member institutions. Further guidance can be found in the Framework for Standing Groups and Research Networks or by contacting the ECPR.
The ECPR's groups and networks are governed by the Executive Committee and supported operationally by all departments at Harbour House in order to enable them to develop and deliver a range of activities. This support includes:
In April 2019 the ECPR published the revised Framework for Standing Groups and Research Networks, replacing the 2014 version. The 2019 Framework builds on the structure of the previous document, developing further the guidance around the governance and operations of both Standing Groups and Research Networks and their intrinsic role in delivering the mission of the organisation.