International Parliament Engagement Network

The Centre for Democratic Engagement and the UK House of Commons have joined forces to develop a network of academics and practitioners across the world, to critically examine public engagement with parliament: the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN)

The IPEN network is inclusive of experts from a range of backgrounds and international perspectives, provides a space to share best (and worst!) practice, communicates research findings, and encourages collaboration between academics and practitioners. The network derives from a workshop we had planned to take place in April 2020. The workshop had to be postponed due to covid-19, but since then we have managed to launch the network online, to support the sharing of experiences between members of the network. IPEN includes members from over 20 countries spanning 6 continents from parliamentary officials, academia and international organisations.

The IPEN’s online home is held on Microsoft Teams. This is being used to discuss and share experiences and research, as well as to host online seminars. If you work on matters directly relevant to the theme of public engagement and parliament and would like to be part of the network, please get in touch with us (see contacts below).

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We also hope to be able to announce the new date for our one-day workshop on Public Engagement and its Impact on Parliaments. We plan to hold the workshop in 2021 in Westminster and will update the website with confirmed dates and programme, as soon as these are finalised.

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