International Connections

Deliberative democracy is a global project. Here’s a snapshot of our connections around the world.

Earth System Governance

John Dryzek and Jonathan Pickering are involved in the Earth System Governance project, the world’s largest network of social scientists working on global environmental governance. John and Jonathan were authors on the project’s new ten-year Science and Implementation Plan.

John completed his term as a longstanding member of the project’s Scientific Steering Committee, and Jonathan joined the new Committee. Jonathan continued to co-convene the project’s working group on ecological democracy and co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning based on the group’s work.

International Ethics Research Group  

John Dryzek, Jonathan Pickering and Ana Tanasoca are members of the International Ethics Research Group convened by the University of New South Wales Canberra. The group meets regularly to discuss work-in-progress papers. Presentations by Centre members have included a paper by Jonathan on 'Ethical mapmaking: the epistemic and democratic value of normative theory in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments'.

The National Science and Technology Institute for Digital Democracy

The Centre collaborates with the Brazilian National Science and Technology Institute for Digital Democracy, which is multi-institutional and multidisciplinary network of research groups and laboratories from all over the world focusing on the use of digital tools to enhance democracy.

We continue our joint research activities with through our associate Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça (Federal University of Minas Gerais). Selen Ercan and Nicole Curato are the lecturers for the 2019 methods unit of the Brazilian National Science and Technology Institute for Digital Democracy.


Participedia is an online, user-generated collaborative project documenting a growing compendium of participatory politics. Our associate, Lucy J Parry has been providing systematic and practical information on democratic innovations across Australia.

Standing Group on Democratic Innovations

The Centre maintains an active presence in the activities of the European Consortium for Political Research’s Standing Group on Democratic Innovations.

Together with our associates André Bächtiger (University of Stuttgart), Kimmo Grönlund (Åbo Akademi), Sofie Marien (KU Leuven), and Jane Suiter (Dublin City University), our Senior Research Fellow Nicole Curato sits in the Standing Group’s Steering Committee.

The standing group coordinates activities related to the study of democratic innovations in Europe, with the aim of fostering an epistemic community of scholars working towards understanding how democratic innovations can improve our politics.