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]

If you would like to join the mailing list and receive information about conferences, seminars or if you require further information about the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, please direct your enquiries to:

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

Juliana.Rocha | at | canberra.edu.au

+ 61 (02) 6201 2790

Dr Nicole CuratoARC Discovery Early Career Research FellowView Profile
Professor John DryzekCentenary Professor, ARC Laureate FellowView Profile
Dr Selen ErcanAssociate Professor of Politics & Academic Convener of Graduate Research ForumView Profile
Dr Hemant OjhaAdjunct Associate ProfessorView Profile
Dr Jensen SassPostdoctoral FellowView Profile
Dr Ana TanasocaPostdoctoral FellowView Profile
Francesco VeriResearch AssociateView Profile
Recent Publications



Journal Articles

  • Hendriks, C., Ercan, S.A. and Duus, S. (Forthcoming) “Listening in polarised controversies: A study of listening practices in the public sphere”. Policy Sciences.

  • Nishiyama, K. (Forthcoming), “Using the community of inquiry for interviewing children: Theory and practice”. International Journal of Social Research Methodology.
  • Ransan-Cooper, H., Ercan, S.A, and Duus, S. (Forthcoming) “When anger meets joy: How emotions mobilise and sustain the anti-coal seam gas movement in regional Australia”, Social Movement Studies 17 (6):635-57. 

  • Ercan, S.A, Hendriks, C.M, Dryzek J.S. (2018), “Public deliberation in an era of communicative plenty”, Policy and Politics, Online first version. [Read Here]
  • Pickering, J., McGee, J. S., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S. I., and Wenta, J. (2018). “Global Climate Governance between Hard and Soft Law: Can the Paris Agreement’s ‘Crème Brûlée’ Approach Enhance Ecological Reflexivity?”, Journal of Environmental Law. Online version. [Read Here]

  • Pickering, J. (2018), “Ecological Reflexivity: Characterising an Elusive Virtue for Governance in the Anthropocene”, Environmental Politics: 1-22. [Read Here]
  • Sass, J. (2018), “The Cryptonormative Swamp: A Response to Abbott's "Varieties of Normative Inquiry". The American Sociologist. 


  • Dryzek, J. S., and Pickering, J. (Forthcoming), “The Politics of the Anthropocene”, Oxford University Press.
  • Tanasoca, A. (Forthcoming)  “The Ethics of Multiple Citizenship”, Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

  • Bächtiger, A., Dryzek, J. S., Warren, M. E., and Mansbridge, J. (eds) (Forthcoming), “The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy”, Oxford University Press.
  • Elstub, S., Ercan, S.A. and Mendonca, R.F. (eds) (2018), “Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice”, London: Routledge. [Read Here]

Book Chapter

  • Nishiyama, K. (2018), “Education and mutual-understanding in the multicultural society: Philosophy in schools in Australia”. In Shogo Iwasaki (ed). Lifelong education in the age of multicultural and multiethnic world, Tokyo: Gakubunsha. [in Japanese]


Journal Articles

  • Parry, L., Alver, J., & Thompson, N. (Forthcoming),  “Democratic Innovation in Australasia” in Elstub and Escobar (eds) – Handbook of Democratic Innovation & Governance , Edward Elgar 

  • Crosbie, T. and Sass, J. (2017), “Governance by Scandal? Eradicating Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military. Politics, 37(2): 117-133. (Equal authorship, lead article.)

  • Curato, N. (2017), “Flirting with authoritarian fantasies? Rodrigo Duterte and the New Terms of Philippine Populism”, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 47(1): 142-153. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N. (2017), “We haven’t even buried the dead yet: The ethics of discursive contestation in a crisis situation”, Current Sociology, 65(7): 1010-1030. [Read Here]
  • Curato, N., Dryzek, J. S., Ercan, S. A., Hendriks, C. M., & Niemeyer, S. (2017), “Twelve Key Findings in Deliberative Democracy Research", Daedalus, 146(3): 28-38. [Read Here]
  • Dryzek, J.S. and Pickering, J. (2017), “Deliberation as a catalyst for reflexive environmental governance”, Ecological Economics, 131: 353-360. [Read Here]
  • Dryzek, J. (2017), “The meanings of life for non-state actors in climate politics", Environmental Politics, 26(4): 789-799. [Read Here]
  • Dryzek, J. (2017), “The Forum, the system and the polity: Three varieties of democratic theory”, Political Theory, 45(5): 610-636. [Read Here]
  • Ercan, S.A. (2017), “Engaging with extremism in a multicultural society: A deliberative democratic approach”, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, 12(2): 9-21. [Read Here]
  • Ercan, S.A. (2017), “From polarisation to pluralisation. A deliberative democratic approach to ‘illiberal’ cultures”, International Political Science Review, 38(1): 114-127. [Read Here]
  • Ercan, S. A., Hendriks, C., and Boswell, J. (2017), “Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research”, Policy and Politics, 45(2): 195-212. [Read Here

    (Recipient of 2017 Ken Young Best Paper Prize)

  • Ercan, S.A. (2017), Review of ‘Solidarity across divides: Promoting the moral point of view’, by Vasilev, G., Edinburgh University Press, 2015, Political Studies Review, 15(2): 271-2.  

  • Nishiyama, K. (2017a), “Deliberators, not future citizens: Children in democracy”. Journal of Public deliberation. 13(1): Article 1. [Read Here]

  • Nishiyama, K. (2017b), “Child-activism and deliberative systems: Toward a new understanding of children’s ‘participation.’ ” Annual Journal of Materialism in Japan. 22: 200-215. [in Japanese].

  • 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): 437-455. [Read Here]
  • Pickering, J., Davies, R., & Prizzon, A. (2017), “How should development Co-operation evolve? Views from developing countries”, Development Policy Review, 35(1): 10-28. [Read Here]
  • Pickering, J., Betzold, C., & Skovgaard, J. (2017), “Special issue: managing fragmentation and complexity in the emerging system of international climate finance”, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17(1): 1-16. [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]
  • Pickering, J., Betzold, C., & Skovgaard, J. (2017), “Managing fragmentation and complexity in the emerging system of international climate finance” [Introduction to special issue]. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17(1): 1-16.

  • Schlosberg, D., Collins, L. B., & Niemeyer, S. (2017), “Adaptation policy and community discourse: risk, vulnerability, and just transformation”, Environmental Politics, 26(3): 413-437. [Read Here]

Edited Books

  • Curato, N. (2017), “A Duderte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency, NY: Ateneo De Manila University Press and Cornell University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Marsh, D., Ercan, S.A. and Furlong, P. (2017), “A skin, not a sweater: Ontology and epistemology in Political Science”. In Lowndes, V., Marsh, D and Stoker, G. (eds.) Theory and Methods in Political Science (4th edition), London: Palgrave Macmillan pp.177-198.
  • Sanchez, E. M. (2017), “Who Will Burn Duterte's Effigy?” In Nicole Curato (Ed.), The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency Quezon City and Ithaca, NY: Ateneo De Manila University Press and Cornell University Press pp. 283-300.



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 August 2018.




 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 | @WendyConwayLamb  


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  



Seminars are held on Tuesdays from 11:00am until 12:00pm, immediately following the Centre’s weekly morning tea at 10:30am in the Retro Cafe located at Building 22 and 23. If you would like to present a paper in Centre's seminar series, please contact the Convener of the seminar series, Dr Ana Tanasoca and Mrs Juliana Rocha.