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12 February: Social Sciences and Humanities Inaugural Lecture

23 January 2014

You are warmly invited to attend the Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty’s Inaugural Lecture of the 2013-14 series.

In the year in which we celebrate our 175th anniversary, this series of lectures continues the University of Westminster’s rich heritage of pioneering research and learning.

Wednesday 12 February at 6pm
The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Democratic Innovations

Delivered by Professor Graham Smith, this lecture examines recent research that asks under what conditions are democratic innovations - ways in which to deepen citizen participation in political decision-making - effectively institutionalised. Such research makes a significant contribution to the imaginative and practical task of exploring what democracy might mean and become.

Graham Smith is Professor of Politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He currently leads ESRC research projects on the development of Participedia, a global knowledge platform for democratic innovations, and on experimental analysis of the role of community organisations in reducing domestic energy consumption. He is the author of a number of reports and papers including: Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation; Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think: Experimenting With Ways to Change Civic Behaviour: Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice (now in its third edition).

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