Decentralised protocols are increasingly involving community-led governance as a means of modifying the protocol. Studying the various patterns of this new form of governance is what we call Governance Research. Undertaking this form of research allows us to see the merits and flaws of protocol governance. Examples of governance research might include testing whether the popularity of certain proposals leads to a positive or negative bias in voting, or whether technically complex proposals have a lower or higher than average chance of being passed. Qualitative forms of governance research might include examining the tools that DAOs or protocols used in order to facilitate governance and noting their merits or shortcomings.