Funded research

  • Cherry-picking

    Which proposals generated by citizens are recognized by public authorities and become policies and which ones are abandoned? What factors explain the fate of proposals?

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  • Citizens' Assembly on Brexit

    Ensuring that citizens’ voices are heard in the process of Britain leaving the EU.

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  • Democracy Matters

    When faced with constitutional ambiguities, how best to make decisions? To test the feasibility of a citizen-led constitutional convention in the UK, the Democracy Matters project team organized two pilot citizens’ assemblies.

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  • International Eco-Cities Initiative

    The International Eco-Cities Initiative is a multi-national research network co-ordinated by scholars at the University of Westminster.

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  • Parliaments and corruption

    This project will address the scarcity of research at the country level on the impact of parliamentary oversight when it comes to curbing corruption.

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  • Participedia

    Participedia is an open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in democratic innovation and public engagement.

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  • The Rendition Project

    The Rendition Project is at the forefront of efforts to investigate the use of rendition, secret detention and torture by the CIA and its allies in the "war on terror".

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  • Scholio

    How can news media comments platforms be designed to reduce dysfunctional behaviours and promote more reasonable and humble dialogue?

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  • Smart city governance

    Smart city governance aims to develop a Smart City Living Lab approach, as well as to explore the very meaning and practice of 'smartness'.

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  • Zero carbon homes target

    The project explores the challenges of steering markets towards ambitious sustainability goals in England.

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Centre for the Study of Democracy 25 years

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