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).

The Vote is Not Enough

To coincide with the publication of his latest book 'Time to Save Democracy', Crick Centre Associate Fellow Professor Henry Tam discusses some of the more sinister, hidden barriers to democratic politics in the West. In order to protect and re-energise democracy, he argues that reforms need to go beyond the franchise.

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Media, science & technological change

Research that examines the challenges facing politics.


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

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