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One of the CDP’s objectives is to provide an interface between academics who research democratic politics and innovation and non-academics who practise it, including organisers of citizen participation events, politicians and a wide range of civil society partners. This is reflected, amongst others, in our list of Associate Members which includes members from outside academia, and a number of projects where we collaborate closely with civil society partners and formal institutions. The International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN), developed in conjunction with the UK Parliament, and the pioneering placement module on engaging the city, the civic researcher, are two examples of these partnerships.