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Dr Jonathan Dean, co-director of the Centre for Democratic Engagement, will deliver a talk on anti-populism in contemporary British politics as part of the research seminar series hosted by the School of Politics & International Studies’ (POLIS).
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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. Date to be announced soon (this has been postponed from the 13 March). The annual…
Achieving meaningful public engagement can be a difficult endeavour. Once you’ve figured out the topic, format, and target audience, there’s the problem of how the views are actually going to be used and how people may react to the outcomes. This is even harder when you represent a public-facing institution that 47% of the public…
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…