A new research seminar series organised by the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) will begin next month at the University of Westminster, featuring speakers from universities across the UK.


Based within the School of Social Sciences, the Centre for the Study of Democracy conducts research across a range of social and political challenges, promoting an interdisciplinary environment that embraces colleagues from politics, international relations, sociology and criminology.

The series will commence on 6 February in The Boardroom at Regent Campus with a seminar from Clare Saunders from the University of Exeter. This seminar will cover contemporary climate activism, who the climate activists are and draw upon evidence from protest surveys.

The seminars will run until 7 April and cover a wide range of topics, including complex governance, peacekeeping studies and maternal imprisonment. 

The series will be divided into five events:

1. Contemporary Climate Activists: Who are they and what do they want? Evidence from protests surveys of Fund our Future and Extinction Rebellion

  • Clare Saunders, University of Exeter. Thursday 6 February, 5.30–7pm, The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street.

2. Simondon and Resilience: The metaphysics of complex governance

  • Chris Henry, University of Kent. Tuesday 11 February, 5.30–7.30pm, Westminster Forum, 32–38 Wells Street.

3. The Automated Citizen? Civic participation in a datafied society

  • Arne Hintz, University of Cardiff. Tuesday 10 March, 5–6.30pm. Westminster Forum, 32–38 Wells Street.

4. Critical Interventions: On the need for life-saving theories in peacekeeping studies

  • Marsha Henry, London School of Economics. Tuesday 17 March, 5–6.30pm. Westminster Forum, 32–38 Wells Street.

5. Maternal Imprisonment and Family Life: From the caregiver’s perspective

  • Natalie Booth, Bath Spa University. Tuesday 7 April, 5–6.30pm. Westminster Forum, 32–38 Wells Street.

All events in the series are open to staff, students and members of the public.

To find out more, please email Dr Dan Conway, [email protected] or Dr Hilde Stephansen, [email protected]

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