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

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This event is part of the seminar series of IPEN (International Parliament Engagement Network) a network that brings together practitioners...

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Dr Louise Thompson (University of Manchester) will present the core findings of her recent book on small parties in Westminster....

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Blog

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In this blog post, CDE Co-Director Prof. Cristina Leston-Bandeira reflects on the different elements entailed within the concept of public...

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CDE member, Ryan Swift, writes about his experience of undertaking interviews at a time of pandemic and how, interestingly, in...

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In our latest blog post, CDE PhD student Miranda Duffy, tells us about the DEN of ENQUIRY, a podcast she...

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In our latest blog post, PhD student Daniel Valdenegro Ibarra gives us a passionate account of the significance of last...

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News

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Miranda Duffy, a PhD student at the Centre for Democratic Engagement, has launched a podcast, as part of her studies, entitled DEN of ENQUIRY. The podcast uses poetry to kick-start conversations about democracy and the rule of law for 9+year olds and their adults.

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Dr Eike Rinke has co-guest-edited a "Profession Symposium" (a series of 7 short articles) on the topic of "Opening Political Science" that has been published in print in the latest issue of PS: Political Science & Politics.

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Professor Leston-Bandeira's ground-breaking article on e-petitions was selected by the journal Policy & Politics, to be part of its free access virtual issue on digital, democracy and participation. Professor Leston-Bandeira's article is free to access until the 31 March.

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Professor Jocelyn Evans gave a paper, 'Existe-t-il un effet de « halo » ? Analyse multiniveaux des effets contextuels de l’immigration sur le vote Front national en 2017', to the Migrations and Society Research Unit in Paris (URMIS) on 11 January 2021.

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