SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Department of Anthropology and Sociology (Oct 2017-Sept 2020)
Funded by AHRC and GCRF
Principal Investigator: Emma Crewe
Programme Manager: Richard Axelby

The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People links researchers, artists and activists and enables them to discuss and imagine what democratic politics might look like in a more engaged and inclusive political world.

Our key objectives are:

  • to support research on the relationship between Parliaments, parliamentarians, civil society and citizens
  • to encourage collaborations that cross disciplinary boundaries and promote engagement with the arts, creative industries and the technology sector 
  • to disseminate the results of these collaborations as widely as possible in ways that deepen democratic participation

The challenges for democracy across the globe are chronic, intensifying and urgent. At the same time we recognise that local, regional, national and super-national parliamentary politics takes diverse forms shaped by their historical, political and social context. We believe that research on the relationship between elected politicians and the people they represent can play a vital role in scrutinising democracy and promoting public engagements. Academic inquiry provides us with a better sense of the specific historical and cultural significance of political institutions and their relationships with the people and the nations they represent. The arts and creative industries can reveal new perspectives and amplify the impacts of research findings in ways that are imaginative, creative and inclusive.

The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People is run by a team based in SOAS University of London working in collaboration with Network Members from the University of Leeds and the Hansard Society in the UK, JNU in India, the Enlightened Research Foundation in Myanmar in Myanmar, and the Forum for Social Studies in Ethiopia.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), we provide training, run outreach events and provide support and expert advice on all aspects of research. We also offer a range of grants to habitual residents of Myanmar and Ethiopia for research that helps scrutinise, understand, communicate and support the processes and relationships required to deepen democracy.

You can find out more about the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People by going to our website.