Events

We are very pleased to announce a new events series dedicated to Designing for Democratic Engagement. The most important and most urgent questions of today are also questions of democracy. When we think about adaptation to climate change or decolonising institutions there are reasons to think that current forms of liberal representative democracy linked to…
This lecture will launch our events series on Designing Democratic Engagement. Michael Saward will speak of his latest book, Democratic Design. Please register through the Eventbrite link. We often think about democracy in terms of different models – representative, deliberative, participative, and so on.  But democracy is not exhausted by advocating specific models or set…

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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…
This roundtable organised by the Leeds Centre for Democratic Engagement will examine the concept of populism and its proliferation in academic and popular discourse.
  How far will BREXIT affect social care in the UK? In a discussion chaired by Dr Charlie Dannreuther (Leeds University), two leading researchers of the care economy – Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (University of Liverpool) and Alex Nunn (Derby University) – will offer insights and themes to help us to discuss what matters in the care…