ECPA Awards 2021

The ECPA Lifetime Career Award 2021 was assigned to Josè Ornelas.

Read the milestones of his career here

The ECPA Best Doctoral Thesis Award 2021 was assigned to Francesca Esposito

She discussed a dissertation entitled Life and Lived Experiences of People inside Migration-related Detention: An Ecological Exploration into Rome’s Detention Center. The dissertation addresses a critical and contemporary issue in Europe and beyond and offers important contributions to Community Psychology. It was also particularly valued the courage to research this topic in such a challenging setting, following community psychology approaches and methods. The dissertation is an example of outstanding community psychology work and as such, it deserves the award. Visit her profile here

Francesca Esposito | Oxford Law Faculty

ECPA Awards procedures

The European Community Psychology Association (ECPA) each year confers awards in the four different categories:

  1. The ECPA Lifetime Career Award: The Award is to honour individuals with outstanding, long-term scientific contribution to Community Psychology theory, research, and practice.
  2. The ECPA Young Career Award: This award will recognize individuals for their notable contributions to the field of community psychology and who are within eight years of the award of their Ph.D.
  3. The ECPA Best Doctoral Thesis Award: This Award is to identify the best doctoral thesis on a topic relevant to the field of community psychology completed in the last two years (e.g., for 2022 between January 2019 to December 2021).
  4. The ECPA Contribution to Practice Award: The Award is presented to honour individuals who are making a significant contribution to the field of Community Psychology (e. g., have developed intervention projects in local or virtual communities, which produced a significant impact in the communities).

Procedure rules

  • The prizes are awarded biennially.
  • Nominations and self-nominations are both accepted.
  • Each application should include a 1-2 pages letter describing the nominee’s work and why they are worthy of recognition, as well as the proposer (when applicable) and nominee’s personal data (names, address, and e-mails).
  • Nominations should be sent as e-mail attachments to the ECPA BOARD (at ecpa.psychassociation@gmail.com) by April 15; notifications are made in May.
  • We strongly recommend submitting supporting documents, including published papers, books chapters and/or other relevant outputs.
  • For the ECPA Doctoral Thesis Award, please submit a document (max. 5,000 words) summarising the main sections (i.e., state of the art, methodology, results and conclusions), including a summary of the thesis (~300 words) and a brief presentation of the doctoral student (~200 words).
  • Each award is accompanied by the Award Certificate and announcement of the award on the ECPA website.  More benefits for the winners include: free membership for 1 year; free registration for the ECPA conference; public announcement of the nomination at the ECPA conference. 
  • The prizes will be awarded by a Committee, which will include one person from the ECPA Board and at least two invited external experts.