The Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI) was established in 2011 following a workshop on ‘Advancing Economic and Social Rights: Current Issues in Research’ held at Durham University. Follow us on twitter: @esranuki.

Seeking to complement existing academic and advocacy networks, a group of participants decided to establish a network for ESR scholars that provides an opportunity for research exchange and the strengthening of relationships between UK and Ireland-based academics.

If you are interested in joining please email esranuki@gmail.com with details of your ESR related scholarly activities. There is no fee for joining but members are expected to participate in the network’s activities.

Currently, ESRAN-UKI has two main activities:

  • biannual workshop, where participants present their work and discuss their papers. Since March 2011, ESRAN-UKI research workshops have been held at University College London, the University of Leeds, the University of Lancaster, University College Dublin, the University of Nottingham, Durham University, the University of Essex,  Swansea University and Ulster University.
  • A regular email bulletin that is circulated with information on: (a) publications; (b) events; (c) cases and legislation, and (d) public consultations and other items of interest.

It is also envisaged that the Network will serve as a forum for organising and publicising future academic ESR events.

While the network membership consists of academics, this will not prevent us from advertising non-academic events or from organising joint events with non-academics working in the area of ESR.

The Network is currently coordinated by Dr Anne Smith (Ulster) assisted by Dr Mark Simpson and Prof Rory O’ConnellProfessor Aoife Nolan (Nottingham) was the founding coordinator of ESRAN. Previous coordinators include  Prof Nolan and Dr Claire McCann (Northumbria University).

The website has been designed by Dr Noam Peleg (University of New South Wales).




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