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Last week the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN) held its first online seminar, on engaging with the public during Covid-19. Alex Prior, one of CDE’s Associate Members and a member of IPEN, gives us his reflections about the seminar. The seminar was chaired by Cristina Leston-Bandeira, co-director of the Centre...

On Friday 31st January The Future for West Yorkshire’s Regional Democracy symposium took place at the DAI Hall in Huddersfield. The event was organised by Andrew Wilson of the Same Skies collective and University of Leeds PGRs Jack Simpson, Tiffany Holloman, and myself. The symposium sought to bring together a...

In this latest blog post by Ryan Swift, he makes an overview of how the general election is playing out in key seats in the Yorkshire. There has been a lot of focus on the North of England including Yorkshire this election campaign, with the Conservatives seeking to breach Labour’s...

In this post, Jonathan Dean, Co-Director of the Centre for Democratic Engagement, reflects on an event we held in about Populism. Populism, it seems, is everywhere these days. Barely a week goes by without some broadsheet newspaper, highbrow publication, or late night news programme offering a solemn piece seeking to...

Our latest blog post – kindly provided by Dr Stuart McAnulla, Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Leeds – provides a roundup of the discussions from a recent workshop, held at the University of Sheffield, on the theme of ‘Disagreement’. The discussions around this theme relate to some...

Interest in our new Engaging the Modern City module has spread to Hong Kong University which has been running experiential learning with students for some time. We were asked to write a brief blog about our first pilot year for their teaching newsletter which you can read beneath (courtesy of...

This month’s blog post (kindly provided by Julia Cushion of the University of Sheffield) provides an overview of a recent event held at the Open Data Institute (ODI) in Leeds, at which several speakers – including our Co-Director, Cristina Leston-Bandeira – discussed democratic participation and political engagement. As shown across...

Immigration is continuing to drive political agendas around the world. In Australia, parliament recently approved a bill to allow some asylum seekers into the country on medical grounds reigniting debates over immigration and asylum seekers. Europe continues to struggle with the political and social fallout from the recent inflow of...