The research undertaken by members of the Centre for Democratic Engagement examines different forms of democratic engagement, participation and activism at local, national and global levels. Researchers at the Centre study and comment on current democratic challenges such as growing political polarisation, incivility, populism and disinformation, but we are also interested in potential opportunities and solutions, including new forms of citizen engagement, democratic reform of political parties, and innovative tools for online citizen engagement. In so doing, we seek to analyse and interpret the complex and contradictory developments that currently shape the terrain of democratic politics, in what for many is a turbulent and confusing political moment.
A selection of some of our current funded projects:
In our latest blog post, CDE PhD student Miranda Duffy, tells us about the DEN of ENQUIRY, a podcast she...
Miranda Duffy, a PhD student at the Centre for Democratic Engagement, has launched a podcast, as part of her studies, entitled DEN of ENQUIRY. The podcast uses poetry to kick-start conversations about democracy and the rule of law for 9+year olds and their adults.
Dr Eike Rinke has co-guest-edited a "Profession Symposium" (a series of 7 short articles) on the topic of "Opening Political Science" that has been published in print in the latest issue of PS: Political Science & Politics.
Professor Leston-Bandeira's ground-breaking article on e-petitions was selected by the journal Policy & Politics, to be part of its free access virtual issue on digital, democracy and participation. Professor Leston-Bandeira's article is free to access until the 31 March.
Professor Jocelyn Evans gave a paper, 'Existe-t-il un effet de « halo » ? Analyse multiniveaux des effets contextuels de l’immigration sur le vote Front national en 2017', to the Migrations and Society Research Unit in Paris (URMIS) on 11 January 2021.
Regional MPs and University of Leeds researchers will come together to discuss opportunities for partnerships on climate action and implementing the COP26 agenda in Yorkshire and the Humber. This event is hosted by The Priestley Centre and organised by Postgraduate Researcher and CDE member Ruth Bookbinder.