Dr Heather Blakey
I joined the University of Leeds in November 2015, to work with Jonathan Dean (POLIS) and Bice Maiguashca (University of Exeter) on a two-year research project entitled ‘Left-wing Populism in an Age of Anti-Politics’ (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). This research explores developments in the Labour Party and the Green Party at a time of historic change on the British Left.
I have previously worked as a researcher in the Peace Studies Department and the School of Dementia Studies at Bradford University, as well for voluntary and community sector organisations, including Age UK.
The focus of my work is political participation; in particular, alternative forms of democracy, and identity and social change. My main interest is citizen sovereignty: exploring how citizens and communities can play an active (agenda-setting) role in the exercise of power.
My work has included research on UK experiences of participatory budgeting, collaborative research with South Asian minority communities of identity and Bradford’s traditionally ‘White’ estates, and work on BME access to health services.
I have a strong interest in participatory research (research with rather than ‘about’ communities).