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There were two positions up for election, with two candidates for each:


ECN Events Officer

Please read the candidate statements below:

Daniel Bowman, University of Liverpool

I am a doctoral candidate based in the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool. I have a strong background in events having co-convened the most recent Political Studies Association International Conference 2023. Additionally, I have organised a range of events as the former Director of Mental Health at Parliament Street, working with Parliamentarians to raise awareness. I also organised events in Number 10 with senior officials and think tanks. I am passionate about the Early Careers Network and wants to use my experience in events to deliver for early career academics.


Kanchan Panday, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi

I am a suitable candidate for the position. I have ample experience in successfully organising lectures, seminars and conferences. I have started two weekly reading and discussion clubs in my university with a team, JNU IR Society and Feminest Friday. Both clubs have been running for a year now. Besides the weekly session, we also hold special sessions with speakers worldwide. I have also been imperative in organising seminars with distinguished speakers such as ambassadors and seasoned academics in my centre. I am also part of my centre’s organising team for the ‘Young Scholar’s Conference’.


EDI Officer

Please read the candidate statements below:

Manuel Hernandez Gonzalez, University of Nottingham

I want to stand as the new EDI Officer to keep guaranteeing the role of the ECN as a space that welcomes new researchers from all backgrounds. As an International PhD in the UK, I firmly believe that the core element of academic communities is bringing different people together to discuss, disrupt and innovate. I am also convinced that I can contribute to the efforts of levelling the floor and the opportunities for all kinds of groups amongst the 600+ members of our organisation, with the goal of making them feel equally represented and involved.


Leah Rea, Ulster University

Having engaged with the PSA ECN and PSA since I commenced my PhD, I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the PSA ECN Committee and contribute to its work in supporting and empowering ECRs, particularly at this time of flux within academia. As a PGR who self-identifies with several liberation groups, I understand the circumstances and issues faced by these groups, and believe it is vital the network continues to be grounded upon equality, diversity, and inclusivity. I am passionate about representation and advocacy, with professional experience as a constituency caseworker and researcher within a human rights organisation, and experience as student representative and Board Trustee.