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European Parliament

ESRC Project on The Informal Politics of Co-Decision (2009-2012)

Sponsors

About this project

This project investigated a widespread yet understudied trend in European Union (EU) politics: the shift of legislative decision-making from public inclusive to restricted secluded arenas and the resulting “informalisation” of the political process.

EU Lobbying

Sliding Doors In Brussels

Sponsors

TBC

About this project

In this project we assess who lobbies in the EU business government affairs as opposed to the traditional focus on where and how firms lobby.

European Parliament ENVI committee meeting

Interests, demands and network ties in Brussels

Sponsors

European Commission, Marie Curie – Intra-European Fellowships programme.

About this project

What factors explain interest groups’ success in influencing the content of EU legislative proposals?

Interaction and Impact in Transnational Narcotics Governance

Interaction and Impact in Transnational Narcotics Governance

Sponsors

British Academy: International Partnership and Mobility Scheme 2015

About this project

The project objective is to launch a new collaborative research partnership on the development and impact of regime interaction and impact in transnational narcotics governance, specifically the International Drug Control Regime (IDCR) and the International Human Rights Regime (IHRR) with a focus on the Americas

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Migrant Networks, Decisions, and Immigration Policy

Sponsors

Leverhulme Trust.

About this project

The aim of this project is to better understand how changes in immigration policy might affect documented and undocumented migration flows, and how these effects are conditioned by social networks

UK parliament

Making Political Theory Matter

Sponsors

British Academy

About

While empirical political scientists have identified clear routes through which to influence policy, the relationship between academic political theory and political practice remains uncertain. The aim of this project is to equip early career political theorists from around the UK with the skills and insights to make an impact with their research.

Globe

Acquiring Citizen Skills Through Voice: Recruiting and Mobilising Citizen Auditors in Kenya

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Making All Voices Count

About

Social media and new technology are now becoming the main routes of access from citizens to policy-makers. But we do not know much about how to recruit people to use it; nor do we know about the effect of the use of ICTs on efficacy and future political behaviour. Do those who have the opportunity of observing their elected representatives become more interested in politics, more comfortable carrying out civic acts, and feel more powerful in the political process? By unlocking the potential for citizen voice, is there a route to improving the accountability of governments and public agencies because citizens are more engaged.

Developmental Leadership Program

Developmental Leadership Program

Sponsors

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

About this project

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

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Big Data and Retail

Sponsors

Consumer Data Research Centre

About this project

The retail industry is constantly changing; analysing consumer data can help us to better understand the industry in terms of business resilience, customer mobility and changing buying habits.

Globe

International Commitments, Accountability, and the Political Control of Civil Society

Sponsors

British Academy

About

Civil society organizations that “name and shame” are critical to whether states honor their commitments to human rights treaties. Civil society organizations mobilize and inform the public and international community about activities that governments may prefer to keep private, as such pressuring them to protect the rights of their citizens. An unexplored implication, is that under certain conditions, states will have an interest in demobilising and restricting the activities civil society.

Dangerous Speech

Dangerous Speech

Sponsors

British Academy

About

Words are powerful. When human beings speak and write, they can inspire others to do enormous good. But so, too, can they cause others to do evil. “Dangerous speech” is any speech that inspires others to do wrong, and it is this speech that remains under-explored by political philosophers. This project aims to determine the conditions under which it should be a crime to engage in dangerous speech.

Drought in California, USA

Judicialization of Climate Change Politics

Sponsors

ESRC

About this project

This research investigates the burgeoning role of courts in climate change politics. Courts, and the litigants that prompt them to action, are having an increasingly important say in how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their impacts should be regulated.

Secularism and religion

Is Religion Special? Secularism and Religion in Contemporary Legal and Political Theory

Sponsors

European Research Council

About this project

This project  interrogates the special status of religion (ethics, epistemology and practices) in western political and legal theory, and assesses the normative implications of the contemporary shift towards ‘post-secular’ approaches for the relationship between politics and religion.

Yound girl wearing a hijab

State Repression and its Effects on Civil Conflict and Leadership Tenure

Sponsors

US Department of Defence; Army Research Office.

About this project

To better understand the relationship between repression and civil conflict and, in turn, how repression affects leadership tenure.