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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The Rt Hon Baroness Brenda Hale, the UK’s first woman law lord and the first female president of the Supreme Court, will give this year’s Alice Bacon lecture here at the University of Leeds.
The School of Media and Communication and the Centre for Democratic Engagement/POLIS invite you to a research seminar presented by Dr Kate Dommett, on the topic of digital campaigning. Below is a summary provided by Dr Dommett on the themes that her presentation will address: Digital Campaigning has become an increasingly prominent part of election…
The Brexit vote has made many people in the UK think more than ever about who they are, how they feel about the communities they live in, their relationship with the public bodies managing their everyday lives, and their rights and responsibilities as UK and European citizens. In this session – organised in partnership with…
Programme 9.00-9.30 – Registration and Welcome 9.30-10.30 – Panel 1: The Challenges of Integrating Direct, Participatory and Representative Modes of democracy POLIS lead: Cristina Leston-Bandeira With: Andy Mycock (Huddersfield University), Alan Renwick (Constitution Unit – UCL), Olivier Rozenberg (Sciences Po, Paris), Heather Blakey (Union organiser). 10.30-11.30 – Panel 2: Information and Political Knowledge in a…