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Dr Eike Rinke is our new co-director

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The CDP is delighted to announce that Dr Eike Rinke has joined as our new co-director. Eike will be working alongside Dr Richard Hayton to expand the CDP's efforts to promote research in political engagement and democratic participation. Eike specialises in the empirical and normative study of political communication on both the individual and societal...

Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira's research shapes parliamentary practice

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Together with officials at the Welsh Parliament (Senedd Cymru), Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira has co-organised the first ever meeting of the Petitions teams of the four parliaments of the United Kingdom (the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament, UK Parliament and Welsh Parliament) to share and discuss the latest research and practice on petitions to parliament. The...

MA student Emma Brewis awarded an internship with the Inter-Parliamentary Union

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Postgraduate student Emma Brewis was recently selected for an internship to build the new global Public Engagement Hub, a partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the International Parliament Engagement Network. The International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN) was set up in 2020 as a collaboration between the Centre for Democratic Politics at the University of Leeds...

New research explores "the cultural grammar of popular left politics"

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New research by Associate Professor of Politics, Dr Jonathan Dean, exploring what he calls “the cultural grammar of popular left politics”, has been published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. Dr Dean’s article, ‘Purging the neoliberal poison? Marina Diamandis and the cultural grammar of popular left politics’, examines the intersections of left politics and popular culture, by...

Prof Leston-Bandeira to lead project on addressing barriers to political engagement

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The Centre for Democratic Politics is pleased to announce that its member Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira has secured a grant from Research England to explore perceptions and barriers to political engagement amongst seldom-heard communities. This project is co-designed with parliamentary officials from the UK and Welsh parliaments to identify how citizens from seldom-heard groups perceive political...

The Alice Bacon Lecture 2022 delivered by Professor Mary Beard

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On Thursday 27th October, the Alice Bacon Lecture 2022 was delivered by Dame Professor Mary Beard at the University of Leeds. The celebrated professor of Classics is the fourth person to have given the Alice Bacon Lecture since the inaugural lecture in 2018, following Harriet Harman MP, Baroness Hale of Richmond, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence....

Dr Viktoria Spaiser and Dr Cristina Leston Bandeira contribute to House of Lords climate change report

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Dr Viktoria Spaiser and Dr Cristina Leston Bandeira have contributed to a report published by the House of Lords, Environment and Climate Change Committee. Dr Spaiser and Dr Leston Bandeira, who submitted written evidence for the committee’s inquiry, had their evidence cited twelve times in this report. Their recommendations are also to be found within the report. Please...

Dr Richard Hayton podcast appearances on the new Truss government

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Co-Director of the Centre for Democratic Politics, Dr Richard Hayton, was the special guest on the podcast The Bunker broadcast on 4 October, discussing Kwasi Kwarteng's recent mini-budget, Conservative Party conference and the future of the new government led by Liz Truss. You can find it here, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google podcasts, or find...