Our Research

The Crick Centre’s research agenda is broad and multifaceted, encompassing a range of problems with democracy. Matthew Flinders’ recent lecture at the British Library, ‘The Problem With Democracy’, sets out many of the intellectual challenges we tackle in the Centre.

The Crick Centre’s specific research projects range across five strands:

  1. Youth Politics and Citizenship led by James Weinberg

  2. Media, Science and Technological Change led by Matt Wood

  3. Politics, Art and Expression led by Holly Ryan

  4. Participation, Protest and Transformation led by Hendrik Wagenaar

  5. Political Institutions and Democratic Reform led by Kate Dommett

These strands show our broad and diverse research interests but they all come together through Bernard Crick’s concept of political literacy.

This concept was defined by Sir Bernard Crick as ‘a compound of knowledge, skills and attitudes’. It encompasses all three wings of the Crick Centre’s activities, including training (skills), public engagement (attitudes) and research (knowledge).

Did the Dutch save Europe?

Hendrik Wagenaar reflects on the outcome of the Dutch Parliamentary elections

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Launch of Crick Centre Biennial Report

The report charts the first two years of the Centre's formal existence.

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Media, science & technological change

Research that examines the challenges facing politics.

Projects

Discover our specific project work and how they revolve around the five core research themes.

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