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University of Westminster: Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

The Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is a leading postgraduate and research centre at the University of Westminster, London. Well known for its interdisciplinary work, the CSD is led by a team of more than a dozen of internationally recognised scholars, whose teaching and research concentrates on the interplay of democracy, states, cultures, technology and civil societies.
CSD's research and teaching activities are guided by a clear scholarly aim and a distinctive commitment to conducting open and critical enquiries into politics, governance, international relations, media, cultural and technology studies and other related disciplines; synthesising the study of democracy, politics, international studies, civil society, technology and culture; pursuing comparative research in local, regional and global contexts; and fostering awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of democracy at the local, national and international levels.

Moreover, CSD has a strong track record of nationally and internationally recognised research programmes. Recent research programmes, funded by the European Commission, include a research project on public accountability in contemporary European contexts, a research training network on multilevel governance and a research project on civil society and the public sphere in Europe. As creating public arenas for public discussions on scientific and technological innovation has always been at the heart of the University of Westminster, Various practical initiatives of (participatory) technology assessment have been carried out in collaboration with other organisations, as was the case with the UK national conference on radioactive waste management (1999).

http://www.csd.bg/
Contact: josss@wmin.ac.uk, A.Mohr@wmin.ac.uk



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