Events

Nicole Nisbett will present finding from her research on harnessing citizen input effectively from large and unstructured data generated automatically through digital engagement activities led by the UK Parliament. Her research has been developed in collaboration with the House of Commons.
Renowned scholar Professor Mary Beard is to give the latest public lecture in a University of Leeds series celebrating strong women. Choosing Women and Power as her subject, the University of Cambridge Professor of Classics will give the 2020 Alice Bacon Lecture on Friday 13 March. The annual lectures honour the achievements of Yorkshire’s first woman MP,…
Over the past year the unfolding crisis of climate change was brought back to public attention and the political agenda thanks to environmental protests by Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future and others. Many researchers, who work on climate change and its wider consequences, came forward to speak out and support the protests, some even joined…
The UK House of Commons and the Centre for Democratic Engagement have joined forces to co-host a one day international workshop about parliamentary public engagement, focusing particularly on its impact on parliaments and their scrutiny processes. The workshop will bring together parliamentary officials and academics from all over the world to discuss key challenges and…
In this seminar, Professor Leston-Bandeira will present her latest article on e-petitions to parliament. Legislatures around the world are experimenting with online petitions as a means of enabling the public to express policy preferences. In some countries they have attracted an extraordinarily large number of signatories, but it is often unclear what, if anything, they…
Rachel Reeves MP will present her recent book Women of Westminster, and discuss how the role and work of women MPs has changed over decades, since the first woman MP was elected and took her seat in Parliament a century ago. In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton,…

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Dr Jo Hawkins will be speaking about making regulatory decisions and exploring who the public trust. Trust in actors dealing with risk has come to be recognised as an important factor in shaping the overall public perception of / acceptance of risk and decisions involving risk. This is because public concerns about developments are not…
In this seminar, CDE Associate Member Dr Shane Singh, will discuss his work on compulsory elections and behavioural outcomes. He will draw from the monograph he is currently working on, entitled Beyond Turnout: how compulsory voting shapes citizens and political parties. Turning out to vote is legally required in nearly 30 countries. While Bulgaria, Samoa,…
Evangelos Pournaras, from the School of Computing, will draw from his research on augmented democracy, to discuss the impact and value of this approach to understand citizen engagement. Smart Cities evolve into complex and pervasive urban environments with a citizens’ mandate to meet sustainable development goals. Repositioning democratic values of citizens’ choices in these complex…
This workshop will focus on the General Election. The CDE postgraduate workshops are informal gatherings where we discuss issues chosen by our PhD students. This is an opportunity for PhDs to receive feedback and advice on specific issues, methods, concepts they may be working on. The workshops sometimes also focus on academic skills, such as…
This event will introduce the Hansard at Huddersfield website and explain the rationale behind it as well as suggesting how it might be of interest to researchers in fields where political data is relevant. We are corpus linguists, but we have long believed that our techniques should be available to researchers beyond our discipline, without…
This workshop will focus on getting published. The CDE postgraduate workshops are informal gatherings where we discuss issues chosen by our PhD students. This is an opportunity for PhDs to receive feedback and advice on specific issues, methods, concepts they may be working on. The workshops sometimes also focus on academic skills, such as getting…
Informal gathering, where Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira will reflect on her recent visiting fellowship with the Brazilian Institute on Digital Democracy, where she worked closely with Brazilian scholars for five weeks, as well as practitioners in the Brazilian Congress. In this very informal gathering she’ll offer her own reflections and observations deriving from this experience, on…
Dr Kris Dunn will introduce this café, which will offer a chance to think about the role of psychology in understanding how we see democracy and the forces that shape our individual and collective understandings of democracy and politics. Chat and think over a drink. Café Psychologique builds on the idea of the Café Scientifique movement…
A new theatre piece, consisting of two solo shows, set in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation of the 1940s. A Cantonese performer portrays different stories of Hong Kongers during that time, exploring a wide range of perspectives of the difficult lives and struggles of ordinary people. It is followed by an English version, from…
Professor Leston-Bandeira’s research was selected by the British ACademy to be part of this year’s summer showcase. The showcase includes 15 exhibits across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Professor Leston-Bandeira’s exhibit, together with her co-investigator Dr Louise Thompson (University of Manchester), focuses on how the public can engage with parliament and draws from her…