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Jonathan Dean | An Appreciation


Jonathan was dear to his colleagues in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, where he worked from 2010. He was instrumental in establishing the CDP (then as the Centre for Democratic Engagement) in 2017, and served as its Co-Director until 2022. We are collectively shocked and saddened to...

Dr Viktoria Spaiser presents her work at the Senedd (Welsh Parliament)


Dr Viktoria Spaiser will present some of the work she has been doing as part of her UKRI FLF award at the Senedd’s Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure (CCEI) Committee Areas of Research Interest (ARIs) event on the 30th of November 2023. She has been invited along with other researchers and experts to provide insights...

Dr Eike Rinke is our new co-director


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


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


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"


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...