The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) undertakes research in a range of critical challenges to the theory and practice of democracy. Established in 1989, CSD continues to sustain an international reputation for research excellence through a program of publications, events and collaborations.

CSD’s agenda is developed through a vital research culture and engagement with both academics and practitioners. CSD has established a range of collaborations with scholars and universities around the world. The annual CSD Encounter has engaged with public intellectuals including Charles Taylor, Stuart Hall, Quentin Skinner, Bruno Latour, Richard Rorty, Michael Walzer and Judith Butler.

CSD recognizes that responding to the challenges that face democracy requires engagement beyond the academy and actively welcomes dialogue and collaboration with democratic practitioners and activists around the world.

Our research themes

Funded research

The Centre for the Study of Democracy runs many funded research projects.

Research study

The Centre for the Study of Democracy offers exciting opportunities for postgraduate study.


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