The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP) was launched at Westminster’s Mary Sumner House on 29th November 2017. It is led by Professor Emma Crewe and sustained by an international cohort of Fellows, partners, and advisors from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar and the United Kingdom.

GRNPP was originally established as part of the ‘Deepening Democracy’ project (2017-2020), which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund, and which seeks to create interdisciplinary research opportunities and support research capacity development in Ethiopia and Myanmar. Our partners’ research and outputs library demonstrate the talent of national scholars and artists in those two countries.

Our network remains focused on researching the relationship between parliaments and people but has since widened its scope and activities. We now have a major European Research Council funded programme as well. This comparative research on parliaments in six countries is innovating new forms of collaborative ethnography.

We also engage in advocacy around the mobilisation of global voices in academic, creative industry and policy-making environments. Our coalition to reduce inequalities in public engagement is led by the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation in Myanmar. We are also partnering with Setaweet, a feminist movement in Ethiopia, to support women scholars and scholarship in Ethiopia.

Advisory Committee

Ms. Janet Boston (Film-maker and former director of Thomson Foundation UK)

Dr. Zunetta Herbert (Senior Adviser, Tharthi Myay Foundation, UK)

Mr. Liam Laurence-Smyth (Clerk of Legislation, House of Commons, UK)

Prof. Shirin Rai (University of Warwick, UK)

Mr. Martin Smith (Senior Advisor, Transnational Institute; Trustee, Prospect Burma, UK)

Prof. Ardeth Thawnmaung (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)

Prof. Bahru Zewdie (Historian, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)