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In our latest blog post, PhD student Daniel Valdenegro Ibarra gives us a passionate account of the significance of last year’s protests in Chile, explaining how it led to this year’s Referendum on the Constitution and why this is a key turning point in Chile’s history. Hi! I’m Daniel Valdenegro...

At POLIS and the CDE, we encourage our students to be critical and to engage. And we are always extremely proud of our students, who get involved to effect positive change and/or to stand up against injustice and oppression. We are very pleased that one of these students, Joanna Rurka,...

In this final blog post from a series of four, CDE member Dr Gillian Bolsover, focuses her analysis to the impact of COVID on the US 2020 election, presenting initial insights from her analysis of social media discourse in the early campaign period. Responding to the global challenge of the...

In this second post drawing from her research on people’s reactions on social media during the US covid-19 crisis, CDE member Dr Gillian Bolsover focuses on how people are talking about different kinds of rights and freedoms in pro- and anti-lockdown discourse in the US. In an attempt to control...

CDE member Dr Gillian Bolsover and Laidlaw Scholar Janet Tokitsu Tizon write about their research on misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis in the US.  COVID-19 has upended and suspended many facets of social life. Universities, education and research, for whom in-person communication and knowledge exchange are a lifeblood, have been...

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...