Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira

Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira

Profile

I work on parliament and public engagement and I joined POLIS in 2015, having previously been Professor at the University of Hull and having worked on parliaments for over 20 years.  I am Co-Director of the Centre for Democratic Engagement and Deputy-Chair of the UK Study of Parliament Group. I am also co-editor of the journal Parliamentary Affairs and a Constitution Unit Fellow.

Besides my research, I have a strong interest for student-centred approaches to teaching politics. Amongst other prizes in recognition of the quality and innovation of my teaching, I have been awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship (2012) and the Political Studies Association Bernard Crick Main Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2010).

Responsibilities

  • Co-Director of the Centre for Democratic Engagement

Research interests

My research focuses on the relationship between parliament and citizens, particularly public and digital engagement. I am interested in understanding the methods parliaments have developed to engage with the public, having focused particularly on petitions recently.

I am currently part of an AHRC GRCF funded project on Parliaments and People, led by SOAS. Our project explores the use of the arts and humanities to study and understand the relationship between parliament and people. We do this as part of a Global Research Network. I recently co-led a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust grant on how the UK Parliament has engaged the public in the legislative process and led an ESRC study on how parliaments manage their image and public engagement.

I also regularly give evidence to parliaments in the area of public engagement, having been one of eight Commissioners of the Digital Democracy Commission set up by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Hull
  • Licenciatura, ISCTE, University of Lisbon

Professional memberships

  • Political Studies Association
  • Study of Parliament Group
  • European Consortium for Political Research

Student education

My main area of teaching is Parliament, particularly on issues relating to its relationship with the public and engagement. As such my modules have included the second year module on The UK Parliament – Between Tradition and Reform (PIED2706) and  the finalist module on Parliaments and The Public (PIED3172). I have also contributed towards the first year module on Comparative Politics (PIED1110). I am also personal tutor to students, often from the degree courses of Politics and Parliamentary Studies and Politics.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Democratic Engagement

Current postgraduate research students

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