Our Research

The Democracy, Citizens and Elections Research Network (DCERN) is based in the Institute for Social Change in the School of Social Sciences. DCERN is a multi-disciplinary network that unites scholars at Manchester and beyond, active in the study of democracy, citizen politics and elections.

The Democracy, Citizens and Elections Research Network (DCERN) is based in the Institute for Social Change in the School of Social Sciences. DCERN is a multi-disciplinary network that unites scholars at Manchester and beyond, active in the study of democracy, citizen politics and elections.

The network draws on the disciplines of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Business and Management and Demography to examine the participation (and non-participation) of individuals and groups within the wider formal and informal context of politics. Particular expertise exists in the study of local government and community participation, deliberative democracy, electoral systems and parties, participation and the use of new media technologies. ;