The ECPR has recently made some improvements to the way its Standing Groups are presented on the website. These are designed primarily to provide more information in more user-friendly format to people who might be interested in joining a Standing Group or Research Network. These developments also enable people to join a Group or Network at the click of a button, again via the ECPR website. This is an important development as it means the ECPR will now hold all membership lists for its Standing Groups and Research Networks in its central database. We, as Standing Group Conveners, will then be able to access the lists as and when we need them in order to keep in touch with our membership.
Data Protections laws mean that it is not possible for us to pass our membership lists on to the ECPR; instead we are asking all members to join the Standing Group directly. In order to join you will need a MyECPR account, which we assume many of you will already have. If you do not have one, you can create an account in only a few minutes (and you need not be from an ECPR member institution to do so).
If you are from an ECPR member institution your membership to the SG is automatic. If you are from a non-member institution we will need to accept your application to join, so you membership status (which you can see via your MyECPR account, and on the SG pages when you are logged in to MyECPR) will be ‘pending’ until we approve your request.
A second key change, is that membership to all Standing Groups is now annual, running calendar year. You will therefore be asked to renew your membership in January each year. This is the same process as joining, and only takes one click of a button.