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This survey is the first stage of a research project aimed at exploring democracy and participation in Scotland. Focusing on inclusion and exclusion and what it would mean for democratic processes to be genuinely open and inclusive for everyone in society, the research focuses on identifying the barriers that would prevent democratic processes from being genuinely inclusive, along lines of, for example, class, race and gender.

Following this survey, you may be invited to take part in the second stage of the research. This will involve focus-group style discussion forums looking in detail at developing strategies for overcoming these barriers.

The research builds on existing work in Scotland on participatory democratic innovation.

The research is supported by Electoral Reform Society Scotland, Common Weal, Women for Independence, SANE and others and is funded by Loughborough University and the Leverhulme Trust.

By clicking to the next page (click on ‘Next’) and beginning the survey you are agreeing to participate and provide the information collected anonymously to those involved in the research at Loughborough University.

No information will be used to identify you as an individual and in all storing of data you will remain anonymous and in compliance with GDPR and other relevant data regulations.