Centre for the Study of Democracy
The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is based in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. The Centre undertakes research across a range of critical challenges to the theory and practice of politics and international relations. Established in 1989, CSD continues to sustain an international reputation for research excellence through a programme 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 numerous collaborations with scholars and universities around the world. The CSD Encounter has engaged with public intellectuals including Charles Taylor, Stuart Hall, Quentin Skinner, Bruno Latour, Richard Rorty, Michael Walzer, Judith Butler, James Tully and Luc Boltanski. The CR Parekh lecture has included lectures by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Arundhati Roy and Ashis Nandy.
CSD recognises that responding to contemporary political challenges requires engagement beyond the academy, so actively welcomes dialogue and collaboration with practitioners and activists around the world.
CSD recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, hosting the international conference Doing and Thinking Democracy Differently, ending with a keynote lecture from Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.
Our research themes
- Contemporary democratic theory and governance
- Critical international theory
- Identity and political community
- Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
- Resilience and sustainability
- Security, violence and international relations