Our LEAD programme aims to help early career researchers run and promote their own research projects. We provide training programmes, advertise conferences & events, facilitate research opportunities and have an early career researcher spotlight to showcase research by ECRs. 

Please note that we are not currently advertising conferences due event cancellations as a result of covid-19. If you would like to advertise an opportunity or conference that might be of interest to the ECRN in the future, please submit details here. Additionally get in touch if you would like your research featured in our ECR spotlight.


Training programmes

Our flagship annual Research Intensive programme is a week-long introduction to the field in partnership with the University of Florida and University College London.

Our next course will take place on 22-24 January 2022. Find out more here.


Class of 2020

University of Florida, USA


Class of 2019

Snape Maltings, UK

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Class of 2018

University of Florida, USA


Conferences, events & networking


Research Spotlight

See publication highlights from our members below,

or visit our Research Spotlight page to read more.

Patterns of social inequality in arts and cultural participation: Findings from a nationally representative sample of adults living in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Mak, H. W., Coulter, R., & Fancourt, D. (2020).
Arts and health: creative solutions to complex challenges, World Heath Organisation, Vol. 6, Issue 1.

Singing for cancer: implications from psychoneuroimmunology & A Logic Model for the effects of singing on health

Fancourt, D., & Warran, K. (2020).

Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing.

Cognitive and

affective benefits of coloring:

Two randomized

controlled crossover studies

Holt, N. J., Furbert, L., &
Sweetingham, E. (2019).
Art Therapy, 1-9.

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