University of Westminster Centre for the Study of Democracy

May 9, 2019 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby
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Mission and Purpose

The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster (CSD) is committed to the production of research that has social and political impact beyond academia. It provides resources, support and training to its colleagues to ensure that such impact is maximised. CSD engages directly with practitioners and policy makers in government and civil society settings, working with the media and exploiting other collaborations and initiatives to make research relevant to policy and practice.[1] 

Origins and Development 

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

Specializations, Methods and Tools

The CSD undertakes research across a range of critical social and political challenges, promoting an interdisciplinary environment. Through its publications, events, and collaborations with academics, practitioners and activists the CSD encourages collaboration between scholars in the fields of politics, international relations, sociology, and criminology. [2] Research undertaken at the Centre falls under the following themes: 

  • Critical international theory
  • Contemporary democratic theory and governance
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Governance, complexity and resilience
  • Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
  • Security, violence and justice
  • Social and cultural lives[3]

Major Projects and Events

Researchers at the CSD collaborated with the Constitution Unit at the University College London to design and implement the Citizens' Assembly on Brexit in 2017.[4] 

Analysis and Lessons Learned


See Also

Constitution Unit (University College London)

Citizens' Assembly on Brexit


[1] "About us," accessed May 9, 2019, 

[2] "About us."

[3] "Research themes," accessed May 9, 2019, 

[4] "Citizens' Assembly on Brexit," accessed May 9, 2019, .

External Links

Official website: 


Lead image: A Better Referendum,