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In this blog post, CDE Associate Member Dr Cristiane Bernardes reports on preliminary findings of a project that explores the way parliamentarians in Brazil use social media. It shows that social media has become the main channel of communication for Brazilian federal deputies.  How are parliamentarians using social media? What...

This blogpost presents an overview, with links to further resources, of the first conference held by IPEN – International Parliament Engagement Network.  This was a highly innovative and energising conference, bringing together over two hundred participants from across the globe. Read on, to find out more. IPEN (International Parliament Engagement...

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...