SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Department of Anthropology and Sociology 
Funded by ERC, AHRC and GCRF

Welcome to Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Our network promotes the study of parliaments and people. GRNPP promotes inquiry, scrutiny and debate through research, grantmaking, training, engagement and publications. We are interested in opening up the study of political representation, engagement and participation to collaborations across disciplinary boundaries – including the arts, social sciences and humanities, and creative and cultural industries. Our aim is to generate, support, and share insights into the relationships between parliaments, politicians and people in ways that deepen democratic dialogue and foster more inclusive forms of democracy.

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Ethnographic research on parliaments

We are embarking on a comparative ethnography of representation, relationships, and ruptures between parliaments, politicians and people in Brazil, Fiji, Ethiopia, India, the UK and the USA. Professor Emma Crewe (PI), and Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira (Co-I), lead a research team comprising Dr Richard Axelby and Dr Jastinder Kaur (SOAS, University of London), Professor Cristiane Brum Bernardes (Legislative School of Brazilian Chamber of Deputies), and Mitiku Tesfaye Gabrehiwot (Mekelle University, Ethiopia) on this five-year project.

Partners’ research

Partners in Ethiopia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and the UK have been studying the relationships between parliaments, politicians and people with our support. We have awarded over £800,000 to scholars, artists and activists to do inter-disciplinary research and produce creative outputs. We have been facilitating mentoring, training and peer to peer learning among these communities of inquiry.

Engagement between scholars, artists and parliamentarians

We have been supporting coalitions and processes that promote more inclusive academic networks and democracy at all levels of society. With partners in Myanmar, Ethiopia and the UK, we have established opportunities for global south scholars (especially women, early career and ethnic minorities) to research and participate in advocacy.

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