Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira

Professor of Politics

I work in the area of parliament and public engagement and I joined POLIS in 2015, having previously been Professor at the University of Hull. I have worked on parliaments for over 20 years and I am currently Co-Convenor of the PSA specialist group on Parliaments and Legislatures, as well as Deputy Editor of The Journal of Legislative Studies 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).

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.

I currently co-lead 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.


I am currently contributing to the Parliamentary Studies module (PIED2701), a module on British Central Government (PIED2100) and Comparative Politics (PIED1110). I plan to offer a specialised a module on Parliaments and Citizens.

PhD Supervision

I’m happy to supervise PhDs in the area of Parliament and Citizens, Parliament and Trust, Parliament and Public Engagement, Parliament and Digital, Parliament in new or developing democracies, Parliamentary Reform and Comparative legislatures.

Key Publications


  • Leston-Bandeira C, Parliaments and Citizens (London: Routledge, 2014)

  • Leston-Bandeira C, Southern European Parliaments in Democracy (London: Routledge, 2005)

  • Leston Bandeira C, Araujo A, Freire A, Costa Lobo M, Magalhaes P, O Parlamento Português: Uma Reforma Necessária (Lisbon: Institute of Social Sciences, 2004)

  • Leston-Bandeira C, From Legislation to Legitimation The Role of the Portuguese Parliament (London: Routledge, 2004)

  • Leston Bandeira C, Da Legislação à Legitimação (Lisbon: Institute of Social Sciences, 2002)

Journal articles


  • Leston Bandeira C, Fernandes J, ‘Parliamentary investiture rules in Portugal’s semi-presidential democracy’, in Parliaments and Government Formation - Unpacking Investiture Rules (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

  • Leston Bandeira C, Tiburcio T, ‘O futuro da representação parlamentar’, in O futuro da representação politics democratica (Lisbon: Nova Vega, 2015)

  • Leston Bandeira C, ‘Teaching Undergraduate Research Methods’, in Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations (Northampton, MA,: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2015), 221-232

Media Contact Areas

  • Parliament and public
  • Parliament and digital
  • Public engagement
  • Petitions

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