About us

Our core focus is to bring together different approaches to formal and informal democratic engagement, and to explore the interplay between them.

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Research

Our research examines different forms of democratic engagement, participation and activism at local, national and global levels.

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Partnerships

We aim to provide an interface between academics who research democratic engagement and innovation and non-academics who practise it.

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Events

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Anti-racism campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE is to give the latest public lecture in a University of Leeds series honouring...

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This workshop will focus on the use of social media to support academic work. The CDE postgraduate workshops are informal...

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CDE Associate Member Andy Mycock will speak to us about his latest project, on votes at 16. The UK is...

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Regional MPs and University of Leeds researchers will come together to discuss opportunities for partnerships on climate action and implementing the COP26 agenda in Yorkshire and the Humber. This event is hosted by The Priestley Centre and organised by Postgraduate Researcher and CDE member Ruth Bookbinder.

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Blog

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CDE member Professor Kevin Theakston and Mark Gill, from King’s College London report on their findings of a survey of...

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CDE member Ryan Swift analyses the consequences from the Batley and Spen by-election to Labour The Labour Party’s narrow victory...

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Belén Alvarez Werth from the University of Queensland, Australia, and CDE member Daniel Valdenegro Ibarra  outline some of results to...

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Most of the national coverage of the May 2021 elections focused on the successes and failures of the two main...

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News

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CDE member, Miranda Duffy, was part of this year’s Be Curious festival held by the University of Leeds, where she...

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Anti-racism campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE was our guest speaker for this year’s Alice Bacon Lecture. Due to current circumstances,...

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We’re very pleased to announce that Dante Junior Solano Silva has been awarded the first Politics of Global Challenges International Scholarship...

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CDE member Dr Charlie Dannreuther will present findings at an exclusive policy roundtable to MEPs and other key stakeholders as part of the MAX project - maximising migrants' contribution to society.

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