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In this blog post, CDE member Derek Edyvane writes on citizenship and democracy.  First a confession: I am not a good citizen. You can rely on me to vote, most of the time anyway. And I try to keep up with the news, although more in a mood of morbid...

A professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS University of London, and Director, Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP), Emma Crewe, writes about the ethnography of parliament and the need for diversity of scholars researching parliaments across the world. Democracy depends on scrutiny, both forensic investigation but also detached...

A new post from CDE member Dr Nicole Nisbett. She discusses her experiences at COP26 in Glasgow, which she attended as part of a University of Leeds team engaged in UNFCCC Climate Change Conference, 1-12 November 2021. COP26 started with a fallen tree on the train tracks which meant that...

A new post from CDE member Ryan Swift. Ryan discusses the implications of the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) for the North of England. Just weeks after becoming Prime Minister in 2019, Boris Johnson stood before Stephenson’s Rocket in Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum and pledged to build the Northern...

Belén Alvarez Werth from the University of Queensland, Australia, and CDE member Daniel Valdenegro Ibarra  outline some of results to the recent  historical elections in Chile, namely to its Constitutional Convention, which will draft a new constitution for Chile. They explain how these elections have symbolised a rise of feminism in...

Most of the national coverage of the May 2021 elections focused on the successes and failures of the two main parties in the north of England. But much less attention has been given to the rise of the northern regional parties. Megan Killerby outlines in this post for CDE why...

Dr Richard Axelby (SOAS) draws from his ethnographic research into the politics of communication in Sheffield, to outline the uncertain electoral results arising from the 2021 May elections, namely its referendum. Dr Axelby reflects on the new ‘committee system’ will will guide the governance of Sheffield City Council following the...