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 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).

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.


I am the convenor of the second year module on The UK Parliament – Between Tradition and Reform (PIED2706) and of the finalist module on Parliaments and Democratic Engagement (PIED3172). I also contribute towards the first year module on Comparative Politics (PIED1110).

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, From Legislation to Legitimation The Role of the Portuguese Parliament (London: Routledge, 2004)

  • 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, 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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