Challenges to campaigning
18 Oct, 2013, 10:30 - 17:30
One-day conference, Friday 18th October 2013, 10:30am – 5pm
(Informatics Forum - University of Edinburgh)
Election turnout has been falling across many Western democracies whilst observations suggest traditional determinants of voting behaviour are losing relevance. In this context how does election campaigning respond to mobilise voters and influence electoral choice? What role can it play in encouraging young voters, where turnout decline has been most evident?
The Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Postgraduate Research Group at the University of Edinburgh is holding a one-day mini-conference on ‘Challenges to Campaigning’. It will look particularly at youth engagement, the use of social media, and other ways in which campaigning may need to change to remain both effective and relevant in the Twenty First Century.
The conference will combine both academics and practitioners to examine the challenges facing election campaigns today and how they might adapt in response but also the ways in which academics can share their research with individuals for whom campaigning is a daily reality to have impact both within and outwith an academic setting. Alongside a traditional conference panel in the morning for postgraduate and early career researchers to present there will two roundtable sessions an emphasis on facilitating and supporting knowledge exchange in this field. The first will look more broadly at the challenges campaigning is currently facing and how academics and practitioners can learn from each other to involve young people more fully in democratic processes. It will feature Professor Andrew Russell (University of Manchester), Kezia Dugdale MSP, Matt Korris (Hansard Society), and Rhiordan Langan-Fortune MSYP (Scottish Youth Parliament). The second will look specifically at campaigning within the context of the referendum on Scottish independence and engaging 16 and 17 year olds in the debate.
Attendance is free and individuals wishing to attend can sign up via https://challengestocampaigning.eventbrite.co.uk where more details on timings and location can be found.
For more details please contact the event organisers Charlotte Snelling (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alia Middleton (email@example.com).