Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance



The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is the world-leading centre in the field of deliberative democracy. In February 2014, the Centre moved to IGPA at the University of Canberra, joining Australia’s largest concentration of scholars specialising in citizen-centric governance. 
The Centre was originally established at the Australian National University, where it was jointly hosted by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Asia and the Pacific.
 Over the past decade or more the Centre has hosted over 40 visiting scholars from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, produced 15 PhDs, published 12 books and over 100 journal articles, hosted eight international conferences and received nine large research grants and fellowships.

The Centre welcomes PhD students and visitors specialising in the theory, practice and empirical study of deliberative democracy. We have particular interests in global governance, democratization and environmental governance, and provide a home to social and political theorists, political scientists, ecological economists, social psychologists, and individuals from many other disciplinary backgrounds. [Read more here]

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Mrs Juliana Rocha
Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance
University of Canberra
Building 23, Level B
Canberra, ACT 2617

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Dr Nicole CuratoARC Discovery Early Career Research FellowView Profile
Professor John DryzekCentenary Professor, ARC Laureate FellowView Profile
Dr Selen ErcanSenior Research Fellow in Political ScienceView Profile
Mr Javier RomeroVisiting PhD StudentView Profile
Dr Jensen SassPostdoctoral FellowView Profile
Dr Ana TanasocaPostdoctoral FellowView Profile
Recent Publications


Journal Articles

  • Ercan, S.A. (forthcoming). Engaging with extremism in a multicultural society: A deliberative democratic approach, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. 
  • Dryzek, J.S., & Pickering, J. (2017). Deliberation as a catalyst for reflexive environmental governance. Ecological Economics, 131, 353-360. [Read Here]
  • Pickering, J. and Mitchell, P. (2017). What Drives National Support for Multilateral Climate Finance? International and Domestic Influences on Australia's Shifting Stance. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17(1), 107-125. [Read Here]
  • Parry, L.J. (2017), Don’t put all your speech-acts in one basket: situating animal activism in the deliberative system, Environmental Values, 26(4). [Read Here]


Journal Articles

  • Dryzek, J.S. (Forthcoming) The Forum, the System, and the Polity: Three Varieties of Democratic Theory, Political Theory. [Read Here]

  • Curato, N., Dryzek, J., Ercan, S.A., Hendriks, C.M. and Niemeyer, S. (forthcoming), Twelve key findings in deliberative democracy research, Daedalus. [Read Here]

  • Kuyper, J., & Dryzek, J.S. (2016), Real not Nominal Global Democracy: A Response to Keohane, International Journal of Constitutional Law, 14(4), 930-7. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S.A, and Dzur, A.W. (2016), Interview: Participatory democracy in unlikely places: What democratic theorists can learn from democratic professionals, Democratic Theory, 3(2), 94-113. [Read Here]

  • Crosbie, T. and Sass, J. (2016) Scandal as Governance? Eradicating Sexual Abuse in the U.S. Military. Politics, 37(2), 117-133.

  • Elstub, S., Ercan, S. A., and Mendonca, R. (2016). Special Symposium Issue: Deliberative Systems: Prospects and Problems. Critical Policy Studies. 

  • Curato, N. (2016) We haven’t even buried the dead yet. Ethics of Discursive Contestation in a Crisis Situation. Current Sociology. [Read Here]

  • Tanasoca, A. (2016). Investor citizenship: neomedieval not just neoliberal?. European Journal of Sociology. Archives Européennes de Sociologie, 57(1), 169-195. [Read Here]

  • Dryzek, J.S. (2016). Reflections on the Theory of Deliberative Systems, Critical Policy Studies,10(2), 209-215.

  • Elstub, S., Ercan, S.A. and Mendonca, R. (2016), The fourth generation of deliberative democracy, Critical Policy Studies, 10(2), 139-151. [Read Here]

  • Boswell, J., Ercan, S. A., and Hendriks, C. (2016). Message received? Examining transmission in deliberative systems. Critical Policy Studies, 1-28. [Read Here]

  • Dryzek, J.S. (2016) Can there be a Human Right to an Essentially Contested Concept? The Case of Democracy, Journal of Politics 78(2), 357-67

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2016) Institutions for the Anthropocene: Governance in a Changing Earth System. British Journal of Political Science 46(4), 937-56

  • Hendriks, C.M, Duus, S. and Ercan, S.A. (2016) Performing Politics on Social Media: the Dramaturgy of an Environmental Controversy in Facebook. Environmental Politics (accepted for publication on 3 May 2016)

  • Curato, N. and Boeker, M. (2016) Linking Mini-Publics to the Deliberative System: A Research Agenda. Policy Sciences, 49(2), 173-190

  • Ercan, S. A. (2016). From polarisation to pluralisation. A deliberative democratic approach to illiberal cultures, International Political Science Review (Online version). [Read Here]

  • Schirmer, J. and Dare, L., and Ercan, S. A. (2016). Deliberative democracy and the Tasmanian Forest Peace Process. Australian Journal of Political Science, 1-20. [Read Here]

Book Chapters

  • Dryzek, J.S. (2016) Deliberative Policy Analysis, in Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans, eds., Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences: Methods that Matter. Bristol: Policy Press.

  • Parry, L.J. (2016) Deliberative democracy and animals: not-so-strange bedfellows in Garner, R. & O’Sullivan, S. (2016) Eds. The Political Turn in Animal Ethics, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

  • Ercan, S. A. and Marsh, D. (2016). Qualitative methods in Political Science. In Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science, Edgar Elgar Publishing. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N., Ong, J., and Longboan, L. (Forthcoming) Protest as Interruption of the Disaster Imaginary Overcoming Voice-Denying Rationalities in Post-Haiyan Philippines in Rovisco M. and Ong, J. (eds) Taking the Square: Mediated Dissent and Occupations of Public Space. London: Rowman and Littlefield. 
  • Pickering, J. (2016) Moral Language in Climate Politics. In: Roser, D. & Heyward, C. (eds.) Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2016). Global Environmental Governance. The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory, eds. Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer, and David Schlosberg, 533-544. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Nishiyama, K. (2016). Questions about School & Society: Who/What Can Judge between Right/Wrong? (and other 8 essays). In Yohsuke Tsuchiya. ed. Kokoro no Nazotoki Vol.1-3 (Eng: Quest for the Sense of Wonder). Tokyo: Seibido: 26-29. [written in Japanese]

Conference Presentations

  • Alver, J. (2016) Innovation and Design Ideas to Capture Community Voice and Vision, ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) Conference on ‘Citizen Voice, Community Vision’ 4-5 August 2016, Canberra (invited speaker).  


Journal Articles

  • Pickering, J, F Jotzo and PJ Wood (2015), Sharing the global climate finance effort fairly with limited coordination. Global Environmental Politics, 15(4), 39-62. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S. A., Hendriks, C. and Boswell, J. (2015). Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research, Policy and Politics (Online version). [Read Here]

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Democratic Agents of Justice, Journal of Political Philosophy 23(4) (2015), 361-84.
  • Nishiyama, K. (2015). Philosophy Which Expands to Others: On Private and Public Aspect of “Philosophizing”. The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University, 13, 41-59.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Deliberative Engagement: the Forum in the System. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 5(4), 750-4.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Deliberative Democratization: A Framework for Systemic Analysis. Policy Studies 36(3), 298-313 (with Ian O'Flynn).
  • Ercan, S. A. and Dryzek, J. (2015).  The Special Issue: The Sites of Deliberative Democracy, Policy Studies 36, 3. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Creating and Sustaining Evidence for "Failed Multiculturalism": The Case of ‘Honour Killing’ in Germany, American Behavioral Scientist, 59(6), 658-678. [Read Here]

  • Ercan, S. A. and Mendonca, R. (2015). Protest and Deliberation: Strange Bedfellows? Revealing the Deliberative Potential of 2013 Protests in Turkey and Brazil. Policy Studies. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N. (2015). Improving Deliberative Participation: Connecting Mini-Publics to Deliberative Systems. European Political Science Review (with Felicetti, A. and Niemeyer, S.).
  • Curato, N. (2015). Deliberative Capacity as Indicator of Democratic Quality: The Case of the Philippines. International Political Science Review, 36(1), 99-116.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Inclusion as Deliberative Agency: The Selective Representation of Poor Women in Debates and Documentaries about Reproductive Health. Television and New Media, 16(6):576-594 (with Corpus Ong, J.).
  • Ercan, S. A. and Dryzek, J. S. (2015). The reach of deliberative democracy. Policy Studies 36(3), 241-48. [Read Here]
  • Ercan, S. A.  and Dryzek, J. (2015). Conclusion: The reach of deliberative democracy. Policy Studies 36(3), 359-61. [Read Here]
  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Creating and Sustaining Evidence for "Failed Multiculturalism": The Case of ‘Honour Killing in Germany. American Behavioural Scientist. 
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Reason and Rhetoric in Climate Communication. Environmental Politics, 24, 1-16. (with and Lo, A. Y.).
  • Curato, N. (2015). Disasters can lift veils: Five Issues for Sociological Disaster Studies. Philippine Sociological Review 63(S1),1-26.


  • Pickering, J. (2015). Making Development Co-operation Fit for Future: A Survey of Partner Countries. Paris: OECD Publishing. (with Davies, R.).

Books Chapters

  • Pickering, J. (2015). Top-down Proposals for Sharing the Global Climate Policy Effort Fairly: Lost in Translation in a Bottom-up World?  In Breakey, H., Popovski, V. and Maguireeds, R., eds, Ethical Values and the Integrity of the Climate Change Regime, Aldershot, Ashgate, pp. 89-104.
  • Mendonca, R. and Ercan, S. A. (2015). Deliberation and Protest: Revealing the deliberative potential of protest movements in Turkey and Brazil.  In Fischer, F. et al (eds.), Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, Edward Elgar Publishing. 
  • Mendonca, R. and Ercan, S. A. (2015), Chapter 11: Deliberation and protest: revealing the deliberative potential of protest movements in Turkey and Brazil. In Fischer. F., Torgerson, D., Durnova, A. and Orsini, M. eds, Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, UK, Edawrd Elgar, pp. 205-221

  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Democratizing identity politics: A Deliberative Approach to the Politics of Recognition In: Gozdecka D. and Kmak, M. (eds.) Europe at the Edge of Pluralism, Benelux: Intersentia, pp.11-26.
  • Gozdecka, D. and Ercan, S. A. (2015). What is Post-multiculturalism? In: Gozdecka D. and M. Kmak (eds.) Europe at the Edge of Pluralism, Benelux: Intersentia, pp. 27-41. 
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Global Environmental Governance, 533-44 in Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer, and David Schlosberg, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Conference Papers

  • Curato, N. (2015). Voice of Care and Voice of Justice: Public Deliberation in a State of Exception, Paper presentation at Democracy: A Citizens’ Perspective at the Abo Akademi, 26-27 May.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Final Report: Humanitarian Technologies Project, End of grant presentation at Goldsmiths-University of London, 24 June.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Building Back Better: Participatory Governance in a Post-Haiyan World. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, 3-6 September.
  • Curato, N. (2015). Deliberative Democratic Assessment: What contributes to deliberative democratisation?. Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Canberra, 27-30 September (with Niemeyer, S.).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Deliberative World, plenary lecture. Political Studies Association (UK). 30 March.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2015). Do People Get the Government They Deserve? The 2015 Don Aitkin Lecture. 22 September.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Beyond Expression: Realising Public Deliberation in an Era of Communicative Plenty. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, 3-6 September (with Hendriks, C. and Dryzek J.).
  • Ercan, S. A. (2015). Performing Environmental Politics Online: The Dramaturgy of a Coal Seam Gas Controversy. Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, Canberra, 27-30 September (with Hendriks, C. and Duus, S.).
  • Nishiyama, K. (2015). Children in the Deliberative System presented at The Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association, University of Canberra, 27-30 September.
  • Pickering, J. (2015). How should aid agencies evolve? Perspectives from developing countries. Australasian Aid Conference, ANU (with Davies, R.).
  • Pickering, J. (2015). Moral language in climate politics and Contesting the framing of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. International Studies Association (ISA) Convention, New Orleans.
  • Pickering, J. (2015). Socialism masquerading as environmentalism? The contested politics of international climate change finance in Australia. Australian Political Studies Association conference, University of Canberra. (with Mitchell, P.).
  • Tanasoca, A. (2015). Sharing the benefits, as well as the costs, of climate change. ECPR General Conference, Montreal, University of Montreal, 26–29 August.


  • Tanasoca, A. (2015). Distributing some, but not all, rights of citizenship according to ius sanguinis, in C. Dumbrava and R. Bauböck (eds), Bloodlines and Belonging. Time to Abandon Jus Sanguinis? RSCAS 2015/80 (San Domenico di Fiesole: European University Institute), pp. 39-42.



  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Democratizing Global Climate Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (with Stevenson, H.).

Journal Articles

  • Tanasoca, A. (2014). Double Voting. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 92(4), 743-758. (with Goodin, R. E.).
  • Tanasoca, A. (2014). Double Taxation, Multiple Citizenship, and Global Inequality. Moral Philosophy and Politics, 1(1), 147-169.
  • Curato, N. (2014). Participation without deliberation: The crisis of Venezuelan democracy. Journal of Democratic Theory, 1(2), 113-121
  • Sass, J. and Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Deliberative Cultures. Political Theory 42, 3-25.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Muslims and the Mainstream in Australia: Polarization or Engagement?. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40, 1236-53. (with and Kanra, B.).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Australian Muslims’ Orientations to Secular Society: Empirical Exploration of Theoretical Classifications, Journal of Sociology 50, 182-98. (with Kanra, B.)
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). The Continuing Search for Deliberation and Participation in China. Journal of Chinese Political Science 19, 109-114. (with Tang, B.).
  • Nishiyama, K. (2014). Some Models of Deliberation in Deliberative System: Public Reason, Difference Communications, and Democratic Iterations. The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University, 10, 29-41.
  • Pickering, J. (2014). Acting on climate finance pledges: Inter-agency dynamics and relationships with aid in contributor states. World Development, 68, 149-162. (with J Skovgaard, S Kim, J Timmons Roberts, D Rossati, M Stadelmann and H Reich)
  • Ercan, S. A.  and Gagnon, J-P. (2014). Special Symposium Issue: Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy?. Democratic Theory, 1, (2), 1-10. [Read Here]
  • Gozdecka, D.,Ercan, S. A. and Kmak, M. (2014). From Multiculturalism to Post-multicuturalism: Trends and Paradoxes. Journal of Sociology (50), 51-64. [Read Here]
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Introduction: The Continuing Search for Deliberation and Participation in China. Journal of Chinese Political Science: 1-6. 
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2014). A Defence of (Deliberative) Democracy in the Anthropocene. Ethical Perspectives 21(1), 15–45.
  • Ercan, S.A. (2014). Deliberative Democracy. In Phillips, D., ed., Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, Los Angeles, SAGE, 214-218
  • Ercan, S.A. (2014). Same Problem, Different Solutions: The Case of ‘Honour Killing’ in Germany and Britain. In Gill, A., Roberts, K. and Strange, C. (eds.) ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence. Theory, Policy and Practice. London, Palgrave Macmillan,199-217. [Read Here]

Book Chapters

  • Pickering, J. (2014). International cooperation on adaptation to climate change, In a Markandya, I Galarraga and E Sainz de Murieta (eds), Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation. (with Rübbelke, D.).
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Same Problem, Different Solutions: The Case of ‘Honour Killing’ in Germany and Britain, in: A. Gill, C. Strange and K. Roberts (eds.) ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice, London: Palgrave Macmillan: 199-217.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Deliberative democracy in: Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, Denis Phillips (ed.) Los Angeles: Sage, 214-217.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Deliberative Democracy and Environmental Governance, 285-96 in Morgan C.T. Huang and Richard R.-C. Hwang, eds, Green Thoughts and Environmental Politics. Taipei: L&B Asiaworld, 2014.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Twists of Democratic Governance, 101-116 in Jean-Paul Gagnon, Democratic Theorists in Conversation: Turns in Contemporary Thought. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (interview).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2014). Global Deliberative Democracy, 76-79 in Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini, eds., Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance. Abingdon: Earthscan/Routledge, 2014.

Conference Papers

  • Sanchez, E. (2014). Bangsamoro, Ancestral Domain, and the Politics of Scale. Student paper presented at the Workshop-Masterclass on Constructing and Confronting the ‘Environmental Crisis’ in the 21st Century, Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC Australia.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Counterpublics as ‘Interconnectors’ of a Deliberative System to be presented at ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, 3-6 September.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Deliberation and Protest- Still Strange Bedfellows? Revealing the Deliberative Potential of Recent Protests in Brazil and Turkey (with Mendonca, R.), to be presented at the American Political Science Association Conference, Washington, DC, 28-31 August.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Communicating Community: The Enactment of Political Solidarity online during the 2013 Turkish Protests (with Jensen, M.). Public Policy Network Conference, University of Canberra, 30-31 January.
  • Felicetti, A. (2014). Radicals without Rebellion?. Paper delivered at ‘64th Annual International Conference Political Studies Association’, Manchester (UK), 14-16 April.
  • Felicetti, A., Niemeyer, S. J. and Curato, N. (2014). Enhancing Deliberative Participation. Paper delivered at ‘ECPR Joint Workshops Session’, Salamanca (Spain), 10-14 April.
  • Sanchez, E. (2014). The peace process in Muslim Mindanao: contested relational histories, identities, and nationalism. Presented at the International Philippine Studies Conference on Exchange and Change: The Philippines and Filipinos in the World, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT Australia.
  • Sanchez, E. (2014). Power, Small Wars, and a Smaller Minority. Presented at the Institute of Australian Geographers and the New Zealand Geographical Society Joint Conference, Melbourne University, Parkville, VIC Australia.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Ercan, S. A. (2014). Deliberative Democracy in: Denis Phillips (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, Los Angles: Sage (in press).



  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). Climate-Challenged Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (with Norgaard, R. B., and Schlosberg, D.)

Book Chapter

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). Democratizing the Global Climate Regime, 232-47 in Chris Methmann, Delf Rothe, and Benjamin Stephan, eds., Interpretive Approaches to Global Climate Governance: (De) Constructing the Greenhouse. London: Routledge (with Stevenson, H.)
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). Changing Orientations to Australian Democracy, 132-45 in Lyn Carson, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp, and Ron Lubensky, Eds., The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. (with Niemeyer, S. and Batalha, L.)

Journal Articles

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2013). The Deliberative Democrat’s Idea of Justice. European Journal of Political Theory 12, 329-46.
  • Duus, S. (2013). Coal contestations: Learning from a long, broad view. Rural Society, 22(2), 96-110.
  • Curato, N. (2013). Reaching out to overcome political apathy: Building participatory capacity through deliberative engagement.  Politics and Policy, 41(3), 355-383 (with Simon Niemeyer).
  • Curato, N. (2013). Classical Reading of Classical Sociological Theory.  Philippine Sociological Review 61(S1), 265-288.
  • Nishiyama, K. (2013). What is the ‘Pushing for Depth’ in the Dialogue of ‘Philosophy for Children’?.  The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University, 9, 19-33.
  • Dyzek, J. S. (2013). The Deliberative Democrat’s Idea of Justice. European Journal of Political Theory 12, 329-46.
  • Ercan, S. A. and Hendriks, C. M. (2013). The Democratic Challenges and Potential of Localism. Insights from Deliberative Democracy. Policy Studies 34(4), 422-40. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N., Niemeyer, S. and Dyzek, J. S. (2013). Appreciative and Contestatory Inquiry in Deliberative Forums: Can Group Hugs be Dangerous?. Critical Policy Studies 7, 1-17.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). On the Use of Imagery for Climate Change Engagement. Global Environmental Change 23(2), 413–421. (with O'Neil, S., Boykoff, M. T., and Day, S. A.).
  • Niemeyer, S. J., Ercan, S. A. and HartzKarp, J. (2013). Understanding Deliberative Citizens: The Application of Q Methodology to Deliberation on Policy Issues. Operant Subjectivity, 36(2), 114-34. [Read Here]
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Democracy and Climate Change: What Can Deliberative Democracy Contribute?. Australian Journal of Politics and History 59(3), 430-449.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). What Do Climate Sceptics Believe? Discourses of Scepticism and their Response to Deliberation. Public Understanding of Science 22(4), 396-412 (with Hobson, K. P.).
  • Curato, N. and Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Reaching out to Overcome Political Apathy: Building Participatory Capacity through Deliberative Engagement. Politics & Policy 41(3),  355–383.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Julia Gillard's Citizens' Assembly Proposal for Australia: A Deliberative Democratic Analysis. Australian Journal of Political Science 48(2),  164–178 (with Boswell, J., and Hendricks, C. M.).
  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Localism and the Transition Movement. Policy Studies, 34(5-6), 559–574.

Book Chapters

  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Speaking Together: Giving Voice to Collective Identities. In The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy, edited by L. Carson, Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J., & Lubensky, R. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. (with Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J. and Carson, L.).
  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Becoming Australian: Forging a National Identity.  In The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy, edited by L. Carson, Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J., & Lubensky, R. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press (with Hartz-Karp, J., Anderson, P., Gastil, J.).

Conference Papers

  • Felicetti, A. (2013). Community Groups from a Deliberative Democratic Perspective. A Comparative Analysis of Two Italian Transitions. Paper delivered at ‘ECPR General Conference’, Bordeaux (France), 4 – 7 September.
  • Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). Provisional Report - Analysis of the Citizens’ Initiative Review. Working Paper. The Australian National University, Canberra. (with Felicetti, A. and Di Ruggero, O.).
  • Schirmer, J., Dare, L., and Ercan, S. A. (2013). The Tasmanian Forest Agreement: A Critique from a Deliberative Democracy. Lens Australian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Perth, 30 September- 2 October.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2013). A Deliberative Systems Approach to Conflicts of Culture. American Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, 29 August- 1 September.
  • Ercan, S. A. (2013). Understanding Deliberative Systems in Practice: The Crucial Role for Interpretive Research. American Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, 29 August- 1 September (with C. Hendriks and J. Boswell).
  • Ercan, S. A. (2013). Old Wine in a New Bottle? A Critical Assessment of Post-multiculturalist Tendencies ‘Migration and Multiculturalism: Policy Lessons from Europe and Australia. Australian National University, Canberra, 8 March.


  • Peter Harteloh. (2013). Philosophical Walks. Annual Report of the Department of Education. (Translated by Nishiyama, K. and Watanabe, A.). Vol.57. pp107-14.


Book Chapter

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). Fostering Deliberation in the Forum and Beyond. 31-57 in Frank Fischer and Herbert Gottweis, eds., The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Public Policy as Communicative Practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press (with Hendriks, C. M.).

Journal Articles

  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). Global Civil Society: The Progress of Post-Westphalian Politics. Annual Review of Political Science 15, 101-19.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). The Legitimacy of Multilateral Climate Governance: A Deliberative Democratic Approach. Critical Policy Studies 6, 1-18.
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). The Discursive Democratization of Global Climate Governance. Environmental Politics 21, 189-210 (with Stevenson, H.).
  • Dryzek, J. S. (2012). Vers un système délibératif mondial? Entretien avec John Dryzek (Charles Girard, Julien Talpin, and Sezin Topçu). Participations 2, 167-80.
  • Pickering, J. (2012). On the concept of climate debt: Its moral and political value. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 15(5), 667-685. (with Barry, C.).
  • Pickering, J. (2012). If equity’s in, we're out: Scope for fairness in the next global climate agreement. Ethics and International Affairs, 26(4), 423-443 (with Vanderheiden, S. and Miller, S.).
  • Kanra, B., and Ercan, S. A. (2012). Negotiating Difference in a Muslim society: A Longitudinal Study of Islamic and Secular Discourses in the Turkish Public Sphere. Digest of Middle East Studies, 21(1), 69-88. [Read Here]
  • Felicetti, A. (2012). Collective Identity and Voice at the Australian Citizens' Parliament. Journal of Public Deliberation 8(1), 5. (Gastil, J., Hartz-Karp, J. and Carson, L.).
  • Curato, N. (2012). A Sequential Analysis of Democratic Deliberation. Acta Politica, 47(4), 423-442.
  • Curato, N. (2012). Respondents as Interlocutors: Translating Deliberative Democratic Principles to Qualitative Interviewing Ethics. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(7), 7 571- 582.

Conference Papers

  • Felicetti, A. (2012). Deliberative Capacity in Context, paper delivered at ‘Deliberative Democracy in Action: Theory, Practice, and Evidence’ Conference, the Social Science Research Institute at Åbo Accademi, Turku (Finland). 5 – 7 June. 
  • Ercan, S. A. (2012). From Polarisation to Pluralisation: A Deliberative Democratic Approach to ‘Illiberal’ Cultural Practices. IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Madrid, 8-12 July.


  • Nishiyama, K. (2012). Doing Philosophy in The Library: Philo-Café at Iwaki-city (Fukushima). St. Paul’s Librarian. Vol.27. pp.95-6.
Apply for PhD

The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is accepting PhD applications for the 2018 in-take.

Applications are encouraged from candidates who wish to specialise in any of the following fields: theory, practice, and methodology of deliberative democracy; democratic innovations; global governance; democratisation; environmental politics.

Candidates from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. 

How to apply

  1. Contact a potential supervisor from the Centre. In this correspondence, include (1) a brief statement of interest explaining why you wish to pursue a PhD in deliberative democracy; (2) a short research proposal, less than 1,000 words; (3) CV; (4) transcripts.
  2. Once the supervisor supports your application, follow the instructions here to submit your application packet. 
  3. Scholarships are available for domestic and international applicants. Click on the links for more information.

Deadline for expression of interest is 8 September 2018.

Meet our PhD students


 Jane Alver

Lawyer and mild mannered public servant by day, women’s rights activist by night, I was motivated to start my PhD after attending the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York. Finding the global level was broken inspired me to take a closer look at regional feminism. The PhD program has helped me refine this big idea from 6 theses to a more manageable 1, given me the skills I need to turn my activist thoughts into academic prose, and supported me to create my new persona of activist academic through attending international conferences and writing blog pieces along the way. To be a part of this world leading Centre brings new opportunities and networks and increased confidence.

Contact: Jane.Alver | at | canberra.edu.au | @Janealver 


Pierrick Chalaye

Until 2016, I was a teacher in public schools both in France and in Australia. Having read John Dewey’s work on education and democracy and Pierre Bourdieu’s work on social determination when I was a student, I believed that teaching was key for the health of a democratic state and for promoting social justice.

I loved teaching but I could not understand why our education system still maintains discipline and punishment as key values in practice. I thought I would never get the answer to this question as a teacher. Instead, studying political science would help.

I started to apply for a Ph.D. in political science in 2015. Last year, I accepted an offer from the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance in University of Canberra. I thought that doing a PhD was about being alone all the time. I was right! I work a lot by myself but my colleagues have been very welcoming and supportive. I always look forward to meeting them during our weekly philosophical morning tea and share thoughts. 

Contact: Pierrick.Chalaye | at | canberra.edu.au | @PChalaye


Wendy Conway-Lamb

My background is in climate change and international development. I’ve spent the last several years working for AusAID and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Having been involved with both community-based climate adaptation projects and international level climate policy development, I was interested in how climate change governance and decision-making processes could be more inclusive of those most affected by climate change. That’s what motivated me to apply to do a PhD at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance.

It felt like a big change of gear for me, going from working in a busy Embassy in Hanoi to starting a PhD at UC, so I’ve been really happy to find myself in such a collegiate and supportive atmosphere. PhD candidates are fully integrated into the Centre’s community of excellent academics. There’s a lively schedule of seminars led by colleagues from the Centre and visiting scholars, as well as a great curriculum of graduate forums tailored to IGPA PhD students. The Centre’s weekly morning teas are also not to be missed!

Contact: Wendy.Conway-Lamb | at | canberra.edu.au 



Kei Nishiyama

My original research background was democratic education. I am now researching the role of children in deliberative democracy at this Centre. My research is motivated by my observation that there are few research on the role of children in deliberative democracy. Now, my research has made a great progress because of the invaluable supports of the Centre’s members coming from various research area. They are open-minded and cooperative, and they offered comments, feedbacks, criticisms, and knowledge from different angles. This culture enables me to develop my theoretical as well as empirical perspectives on my research topic.

My research has also gained great benefits from the Centre’s seminar series, summer school, weekly morning tea, and monthly reading group, where we can strengthen and forge new connections with scholars across the globe. These experiences help me not only to develop my academic skills, but also to realise three important things to ‘survive’ the academic world – that is, becoming social, open-minded and enjoying my research.

Contact: Kei.Nishiyama | at | canberra.edu.au | @KeiNishiyamauc 


Emerson Sanchez

Before commencing my graduate studies, I had over a decade of academic and NGO work experience in teaching, research, and advocacy. The experience strengthened my scholarly and social commitments, making it fitting to do my PhD at the Centre, a hub of renowned academics producing innovative research with a clear transformative agenda.

The Centre provides a holistic PhD program composed of academic, networking, and social activities. I find the Centre's supportive environment to be important in the development of the PhD project at various stages. I participated in numerous seminars and workshops, and a couple of summer schools and conferences organised by the Centre. I got a wide exposure to current work on deliberative democracy and related fields through leading scholars who come to visit the Centre to share their work. We also celebrate academic and personal milestones during our weekly morning tea and social activities outside the Centre.

Contact: Emerson.Sanchez | at | canberra.edu.au | @SanchezEmersonM