Emily Graham

Project Coordinator

Emily is Project Coordinator at Involve. Working primarily on NHS Citizen, Emily is committed to the importance of people’s participation in building a transparent, accountable and more inclusive democracy.

Before joining Involve, Emily worked at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva on the Human Rights & Refugees programme, building on her experiences at the development organisation International Service and community group Refugee Action York. Having graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA (Hons.) First Class in History, Emily completed an MA in Applied Human Rights with Distinction at the University of York. During her studies, she developed her understanding of how human rights could enable communities to engage with political processes and participate in decision-making, with a focus on indigenous peoples in South Africa. Emily is also interested in “human rights cities”, looking at how local governments are explicitly basing policies on human rights and using a human rights framework to guide decision-making, including in matters such as transparency and public participation.

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Blog posts

Announcing the design of NHS Citizen

April 14, 2015

The NHS Citizen project team has now published the design for NHS Citizen on a new microsite. For the last year and a half, the project team has been working on developing and designing NHS Citizen – commissioned by NHS England to develop a blueprint for how citizens can play a more active role in…

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What you’ll see at the end of March (design phase) | NHS Citizen

February 20, 2015

We’ve had a busy year exploring and developing NHS Citizen. In that time our thinking has developed as we’ve collaborated with citizens and health professionals. This has taken time and there’s lots more to do, but we want to share with you where we are. NHS England commissioned this first design stage, which comes to an end in March,…

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Celebrating twenty-five years: a child’s right to participate

December 17, 2014

In 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by governments – this year, as we celebrate its twenty-fifth birthday, it is the most widely ratified human rights treaty (all governments, except Somalia, South Sudan and the United States, have signed up). The CRC enshrines the right of participation…

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The design of healthcare institutions benefits greatly from citizen participation: Claudia Landwehr

December 9, 2014

In this blog-post on Democratic Audit UK, Claudia Landwehr outlines how citizen participation can be beneficial in the design of healthcare institutions. The full article is available here.   Here is an excerpt in which Claudia Landweh describes about her research: "Engaging citizens in institutional design Are citizens interested in questions of institutional design? Or is the matter too abstract and…

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The right to participate: answers and new ideas at Involve

December 1, 2014

This autumn has been an exciting time to join Involve. There has been a real feeling of possibility and an appetite for change in the lead up to and wake of the Scottish Referendum – the constitution is back “in fashion” and there is talk of democratic revival in the air. On the day of the…

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Developing the Space for a Public Conversation about Democratic Reform

November 27, 2014

Involve, along with the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, The Democratic Society, and Democratise, held an event on 3 November 2014 to discuss democratic reform and to explore how we can help create a national conversation about what this means for ordinary citizens. Watch what happened & hear what was discussed here: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbqI3g0-DE4] Image Credit: CC…

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