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In this blog post, CDE Co-Director Prof. Cristina Leston-Bandeira reflects on the different elements entailed within the concept of public engagement and why it is useful to think about it as a journey rather than as a linear succession of steps.  I started writing this blog post about a year...

CDE member, Ryan Swift, writes about his experience of undertaking interviews at a time of pandemic and how, interestingly, in some ways the online interview opens up new possibilities, rather than restricting these.  My PhD research looks at the North of England within contemporary political debate. It is interested in...

In our latest blog post, CDE PhD student Miranda Duffy, tells us about the DEN of ENQUIRY, a podcast she recently launched for 9-12 year olds, to kick start conversations about democracy. How do we explain the significance of the storming of Capitol Building to the kids? What does democracy...

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...