The Crick Centre Opens in the Department of Politics
We are delighted to announce that the Crick Centre has now moved into brand new offices in the Department of Politics, providing a fresh and inspiring environment for students, academics, practitioners and members of the public to visit.
The Crick Centre is all about inspiring people to engage with politics, in all its forms, so the new office walls are covered with important statements about politics written by Sir Bernard Crick, which encapsulate the principles that guide the Centre.
The new physical presence of the Crick Centre in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield is an exciting development. The Centre is a global, outward facing and vibrant academic centre, bringing together different communities to improve people’s understanding of democratic politics in the 21st Century.
The Centre was launched by Professor Matthew Flinders, author of Defending Politics, who is interested in the future of democracy, its limitations and potential, how we can understand it better, and how we can improve it. Professor Flinders is currently working on how we can engage young people in democracy through arts projects, and how academics can become more involved in democracy by co-producing their research with the public.
Also at the core of the Crick Centre team are Deputy Directors Dr Katharine Dommett and Dr Matthew Wood. Katharine is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and leads on the Centre’s programme of training for academics, introducing them to how they can present their research to Parliamentary Select Committees. Matthew is a postdoctoral research who drives the Crick Centre’s research agenda and is currently working on a range of topics, as diverse as changing forms of political activism and moral panics to the democratic legitimacy of delegated bodies and the ‘impact’ agenda in political science.