General Information

A core mission of the ECPR is to support the development of the discipline by making it easier for political scientists throughout Europe to engage in co-operative advanced research, training and research-led teaching. Among the instruments to advance this goal are Standing Groups and Research Networks, which are integral parts of the ECPR. Standing Groups and Research Networks engage in activities such as organising conferences and summer schools, establishing awards and publishing newsletters and journals.

Standing Groups organise significant subdisciplines or broad research themes over a longer time period; they have a sizeable membership base, and they offer a wide range of activities.

Research Networks are more specialised, and/or have fewer members, and/or are more limited in terms of the range of activities, and/or of a temporary nature, for example to test the viability of a group before applying for Standing Group status.

In April 2014 the ECPR adopted a new Standing Group Framework, which replaces the ‘Standing Group Procedures and Guidelines’ document. The new Framework allows for the creation of smaller Research Networks, as noted above, as well as providing clearer guidance for the governance and membership of both sets of groups. It aims to support and encourage the development of Standing Groups/Research Networks as a vital part of the ECPR.

How to join a Standing Group or Research Network

Scholars who are affiliated to an ECPR member institution can join any Standing Group or Research Network that is relevant to their research or teaching interests, simply by registering through the MyECPR facility on the ECPR website.*

Scholars who are not affiliated to an ECPR member institution may apply for membership of any Standing Group or Research Network that is relevant to their research or teaching interests. Applications are made through the MyECPR facility, with the decision made by the relevant Standing Group’s Steering Committee or Research Network Convenor.*

Members of Standing Groups and Research Networks will be asked to re-register on a biennial basis, again through MyECPR.*

See here for a full list of all Standing Groups

Research Networks

Research Networks are smaller and can be more specialised than the ECPR's traditional Standing Groups. They have fewer members, and can be more limited in terms of the range of activities they engage in. Research Networks can also operate in a temporary nature, for example to test the viability of a group before applying for Standing Group status. For more information about Research Networks see the Standing Group Framework; to propose a Network, please follow this link.

How does the ECPR support Standing Groups and Research Networks?

The ECPR supports its Standing Groups and Research Networks in a number of ways, for example through:

  • The provision of membership lists, a nominal account, and a WordPress site (subsequently to be maintained by the Standing Group/Research Network).*
  • Grants of up to €3,000 every three years towards a major activity;
  • Grants of up to €4,000 p.a. for Standing Group Summer Schools.
  • Travel grants for selected participants in Standing Group Summer Schools.
  • Consulting Standing Groups in the planning of Panels at General Conferences and Graduate Student Conferences, and Workshops at ECPR Joint Sessions and Research Sessions.
  • Providing opportunities for Standing Group/Research Network meetings during the ECPR General Conference.
  • Providing advice on Standing Group/Research Network activities. Subject to mutual agreement, ECPR Central Services may provide further support, such as conference registration, against reimbursement of the costs of such support.
  • Publicising Standing Group/Research Network activities and publications through email, online and print marketing and social media;
  • An annual meeting of Standing Group and Research Network Convenors and representatives of the ECPR Executive Committee.

How to establish a new Standing Group or Research Network

Those considering establishing a Standing Group or Research Network should refer to the Framework for guidelines and then contact us for further information.

* Functionality coming soon

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