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The University of Southampton
Centre for Democratic Futures

About us

The Centre for Democratic Futures is a multi-disciplinary team of academics at all stages of their career from doctoral students to professors with an established international reputation for excellence. It has a membership of around 60. Its work is guided by a steering group and it is headed by three directors, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the Centre.


Membership of the Centre is open to all within the University of Southampton who share our interest in the future of democracy. As part of our mission, we especially encourage early career researchers and those who identify with marginalised communities to apply to join the Centre.


A key goal for the Centre is to mobilise the knowledge and research of our members. Governments, political institutions, civil society and social movements play a vital role in shaping the future of democracy. Our academic expertise is of limited value if it remains within academic circles. The Centre plays a key role in showing the relevance of members’ expertise and making it accessible beyond the academic world. Our events which are open to all are an important part of achieving this goal.

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