Distinguished International Visitor Prize

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The University of Canberra’s Distinguished International Visitor Prize is awarded to academics that facilitate strategic research collaborations between UC-based researchers and international partners. Follow @DelDemUCan for the latest call for application.

Claudia Chwalisz

Claudia Chwalisz is an expert on democratic innovation, deliberative democracy, citizen engagement in policy making, populism, and comparative political economy. Currently, she is based in Paris, leading work on the future of democracy and innovative citizen participation at the OECD’s Open Government Unit. She also contributes to Carnegie Europe’s Reshaping European Democracy Project and mentored the Social Design masters students at the Design Academy Eindhoven this past year. Previously, she was a strategy consultant working with political parties and campaigns at Populus in London. Prior to that, she led Policy Network‘s work on populism, democracy and political economy, and completed a public service fellowship with the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics. She is the author of The People’s Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-making (2017) and The Populist Signal: Why Politics and Democracy Need to Change (2015).  


Previous grant recipients

Albert Dzur

Albert is a Professor of Political science and Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He visited the Centre in July 2018 to work on his project on ‘Democratic Innovation, Citizen-Centred Practice, and Institutional Change’. This project explores the democratic role of less structured sites placing citizens in social problem-solving roles and seeks to develop a typology of non-forum based democratic innovation. He presented his work-in-progress paper with Carolyn Hendriks at the Deliberative Democracy Seminar Series.




Ian O’Flynn

Ian is a Senior Lecturer of Politics at the University of Newcastle (UK). He visited the Centre in December 2017 to work on his theoretical project with our associate Maija Setälä (University of Turku) on conflicts of preference and conflicts of judgment. He presented their work-in-progress paper at the Deliberative Democracy Seminar Series.

During his visit, Ian also participated in the ARC Laureate Project conference Deliberation, Culture, Context convened by Jensen Sass. Listen to Ian’s interview on his visit at the Centre in the Real Democracy Now podcast.

This is the second time Ian visited the Centre. The first visit was in 2014 when the Centre was still based at the Australian National University.


John Min

John is an instructor at the Department of Social Sciences at the College of Southern Nevada. He first visited the Centre in 2015 as a recipient of the travel grant for the First Deliberative Democracy Summer School. In 2016, returned to Canberra as a recipient of the Distinguished International Visiting Fellow—a major achievement for an early career scholar.

In this visit, John workshopped several theoretical ideas with research fellow Nicole Curato, which is now published in the book Power in Deliberative Democracy: Norms, Forums, Systems.

John also presented a paper at the Deliberative Democracy Seminar Series on deliberative cultures in East Asian societies, drawing on John Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy.