About us

The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is based in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster. The Centre undertakes research across a range of critical social and political challenges, promoting an interdisciplinary environment that embraces colleagues from politics, international relations, sociology and criminology.

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Research Themes

The Centre for the Study of Democracy organises its research programme under seven broad themes. 

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CSD has been successful in attracting funding from a wide range of different organisations, including Research Council UK, Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.

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Doctoral research

We support an active and vibrant postgraduate research community and welcome applications for doctoral study that enhance our research themes in politics and international relations, sociology and criminology.

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Visiting Scholars programme

The vibrancy of the research culture at CSD is enhanced by visiting academics, postgraduates and practitioners from around the world. 

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Our location

Centre for the Study of Democracy, 32/38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW

 Accessibility: Together with AccessAble, we have created online Disabled Access Guides for our buildings.

Contact us

Contact Professor Graham Smith, Group Leader:

+44 (0)20 7911 5000 ext 68392
[email protected]