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PhD Scholarships 2022


The Centre for Democratic Engagement is very pleased to announce the availability of four different types of PhD scholarships for a 2022 entry. Please see further details in each of the links below. Possible candidates are very welcome to contact staff from the CDE to explore ideas for a PhD project. ESRC White Rose DTP...

From campaign to real change – Prof Leston-Bandeira leads workshop with young people


In collaboration with climate change charity Hope for The Future, Professor Leston-Bandeira ran a workshop for young people, which was selected to be part of the 2021 ESRC festival of Social Sciences. The workshop aimed to demonstrate to young people how they can campaign for change, namely through the use of petitions to parliament, drawing...

Dr Alexandra Meakin presents her research to the History of Parliament group


CDE member Dr Alexandra Meakin has been invited to present her research on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster to the Parliaments, Politics and People seminar series organised by The History of Parliament. Dr Meakin’s paper sets out five themes from the history of the Palace which can help to explain decisions...

CDE members Dr Viktoria Spaiser and Dr Nicole Nisbett attending COP26


Centre for Democratic Engagement members Dr Viktoria Spaiser and Dr Nicole Nisbett are going to the COP26 in Glasgow as part of a University of Leeds team engaged in this year’s UNFCCC Climate Change Conference, 1-12 November 2021. They will be there in the context of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship award granted to Dr...

COP26: using the arts to encourage young people to engage with climate change


CDE PGR Miranda Duffy, her teenage daughter, Tess, and guest Dr Debbie Rosen from the Priestley International Centre for Climate (@PriestleyCentre) will be talking about how to encourage teenagers and pre-teens to engage with climate change and COP26 in a special radio show for the National Science and Media Museum's Science Festival this October half...

Virtual Citizen Discussion on Climate Change Policies in the North


Centre for Democratic Engagement members Viktoria Spaiser and Nicole Nisbett have launched an online citizen discussion on climate change, from the 30 September to the 30 November. This is being developed in collaboration with various researchers across the University of Leeds, coordinated by Energy Leeds and with support from partners from the Leeds, Bradford and...

AHRC Fellowship awarded to Dr Derek Edyvane for project on Ordinary Citizenship!


The CDE is very pleased to announce more success in the latest round of grants awarded: CDE member Dr Derek Edyvane has been awarded an AHRC Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship to lead a project on 'Ordinary Citizenship'. This project helps to create a healthier democracy by exploring the idea and value of 'ordinary citizenship',...

UKRI Fellowship awarded to Dr Viktoria Spaiser for research on the climate crisis!


The Centre for Democratic Engagement is very proud to announce that its member Dr Viktoria Spaiser has been awarded one of the very competitive UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships! Dr Spaiser will  research how we can accelerate social change (change in policies, institutions and behaviours) in response to the climate crisis - an absolutely top priority...

CDE Associate Member Shane Singh publishes new book on compulsory voting


We're very pleased to announce that CDE Associate Member Dr Shane Singh has had a new book published with Oxford University Press on compulsory voting. The book entitled Beyond Turnout - how compulsory voting shapes citizens and political parties, draws from Dr Singh's very extensive research over the past few years on compulsory voting and...