Engaging student citizens in local democracy

A Notwestminster 2019 workshop from Dr Arianna Giovannini, Dr Andy Mycock and some of their students

Notwestminster 2019

The role and contribution of student citizens in local communities is significant. However, research suggests that their engagement with local democracy is often limited, with many students not registering or voting in elections, joining local political parties, or engaging in community decision-making. This workshop will explore and debate practical ways in which we can enhance student knowledge, engagement and participation in local democracy.

We will be focusing on three key themes:

  • local democratic education
  • local democratic engagement
  • local democratic participation

We will briefly share some of our academic research on the subject and you will also hear from some of our students, who will reflect on their own experiences as ‘engaged citizens’ and discuss examples of good practice. We’ll then work together to develop some ideas aimed at improving student citizens’ engagement, based around our key themes. We aim to create some practical proposals that we could put into action.


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About the workshop hosts

Arianna GiovanniniDr Arianna Giovannini
Senior Lecturer in Local Politics and Deputy Director of the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC), Department of Politics, People and Place, De Montfort University

Arianna’s research focuses on territorial and local politics, with a particular interest in devolution, governance rescaling and democracy. Most recently, her work has concentrated on ‘Devo Deals’ and the Northern Powerhouse agenda, as well as on the link between territorial identity and devolution in the North. Her latest book (co-edited with Craig Berry) ‘Developing England’s North. The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse‘ was published by Palgrave in 2018. She is also a Fellow of the RSA and a Trustee of the UK Political Studies Association.  

Andrew MycockDr Andrew Mycock
Reader in Politics, University of Huddersfield

Andy is Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests focus on issues of youth citizenship and democratic participation. He served on the UK government’s Youth Citizenship Commission from 2008 to 2009. He recently contributed to the UK Parliament Digital Democracy Commission project, ‘Hardcopy or #Hashtag: Young people’s vision for a digital parliament’ and he was the independent chair of the Kirklees Democracy Commission.


Citizens Assemble

Notwestminster 2019

Our local democracy is a shared endeavour, often a shared frustration, but above all a shared hope. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can use our skills and experiences for a common purpose.

Together we have what we need to assemble a stronger local democracy. Are you up for the challenge? Please join us.

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