Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance aims to transform democracies to become more inclusive and sensitive to good reasons. It is globally recognized for its research excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration, and culture of mutual support. 

Since 2014, the Centre has published ten books, over a hundred journal articles and book chapters, organised five international workshops and conferences and hosted over 90 visitors from all over the world. 

The Centre runs the Deliberative Democracy Summer School and hosts a seminar series on deliberative democracy and related topics.  It is also the home of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy.

As a research-intensive unit, the Centre has a strong track record of receiving and completing grants from the Australian Research Council. These grants include a Laureate Fellowship, a Federation  Fellowship, Future Fellowship, Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship, six Discovery projects and two Linkage Projects.  

The Centre is committed to action-based research in collaboration with industry partners. This involves the research, design and facilitation of public dialogues on important issues, including the Australian Citizens’ Parliament, the Global Citizens’ Assembly on Genome Editing, and Connecting to Parliament.

Before moving to the University of Canberra in 2014, the Centre was based at the Australian National University.

The Centre welcomes PhD students and visiting fellows specialising in deliberative democracy research from various theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological traditions. We are especially interested in engaging with scholars working on democratisation, global governance, environmental politics, social movements, identity politics, mixed methods research, and political theory.

We welcome collaborations from scholars, practitioners and advocates of deliberative democracy. Connect with us on Twitter @DelDemUCan for the latest news and announcements or email delibdem | at | canberra.edu.au

Read our annual reports: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.

Multimedia Annual Report 2020


Our Centre has the highest concentration of scholars specialising in deliberative democracy in the world. Our work engages with a range of topics, including environmental governance, normative theory, international relations, multiculturalism, gender, education, media and communication, and the politics of the global south, among others. 


Over the past five years, we published nine books and over a hundred journal articles and book chapters, including three prize-winning publications. Read more here.

Grants and Projects

Since the Centre moved to the University of Canberra, we have been serving as home to an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, a Future Fellow, a DECRA Fellow, and three Discovery Projects. We have also attracted an increasing number of Category 2 and 3 funding. Learn more about our projects.

Seminars, Workshops and Conferences

It has been our Centre’s decade-long tradition to meet every Tuesday at 10:30 for morning tea, usually followed by a seminar featuring presentations by staff members and visitors.

Aside from regular seminars, we hold annual research workshops and conferences covering a wide variety of topics such as earth system governance, epistemic democracy and deliberative culture, among others.

Visit our events page for more information.

Deliberative Democracy Summer School

The Deliberative Democracy Summer School brings together world-leading scholars, PhD students and Early Career Researchers specialising on deliberative democracy.

The three-day event features lectures on the state of the art in deliberative democratic theory and practice followed by student presentations on work-in-progress papers. More information is available on our Summer School page.

Journal of Public Deliberation

The Centre hosts the Journal of Public Deliberation (JPD) together with the Åbo Akademi and the University of Stuttgart. JPD is a specialist journal that publishes scholarly articles and research notes that bridge knowledge between the academic community and practitioners of democratic innovation. Read more here.

International Connections

Deliberative democracy is a global project. We collaborate with institutions around the world for research and engagement. Learn more about our links.

Public Engagement

Our Centre actively engages with communities outside academia through public lectures, activities with the public sector, publication of op-eds in blogs and broadsheets, and content creation in digital media. Learn more about public engagements. 



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 Conveners of the seminar series, Hans Asenbaum and Sahana Sehgal

Click here for the complete list of seminars and events.


Our Centre holds monthly reading group meetings to read and discuss recent papers and books related to deliberative democracy. Currently, our meetings are held online and open to anyone interested in joining the group. The meetings are scheduled to take place between 11am and 12 pm via Zoom on following Tuesdays:  21 April, 19 May, 7 July. If you like to join our online reading group, please contact Dr Selen Ercan