Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is the world-leading research centre for the study of deliberative democracy. It currently has nine full-time academic staff, seven PhD students, and two adjunct professors working on a diverse range of theoretical and empirical projects related to deliberative democracy. 

The year 2019 marks the Centre’s fifth year at the University of Canberra. Over a five-year period, the Centre has published nine books, over a hundred journal articles and book chapters, hosted five international workshops and conferences and hosted over 60 visitors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.

In the same period, we received over $5.5. million worth of research grants, including the Australian Research Council’s Laureate Fellowship, Future Fellowship, Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship, and three Discovery projects. 

The Centre convenes the biennial Deliberative Democracy Summer School and runs masterclasses on democratic innovations and citizen engagement. It is also the home of the Journal of Public Deliberation (co-hosted with Åbo Akademi and University of Stuttgart).   

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

The Centre welcomes PhD students and visitors 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.

If you require further information about the Centre, please direct your enquiries to DelibDem | at | canberra.edu.au. Follow us on Twitter @DelDemUCan.

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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.


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 Convener of the seminar series, Dr Francesco Veri.

Click here for the complete list of seminars and events.