Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance

Wendy Conway-LambPhD Candidate


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Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Climate change, deliberative democracy, participatory approaches to development, community-based adaptation, interaction between scientific/technical and local knowledge, civil society and multi-scale governance

Wendy Conway-Lamb is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Wendy’s research interests include participatory approaches to development, and inclusive decision-making in the context of climate change. She is interested in how affected communities, scientists, different levels of government, international partners and others can work together across scales to understand, plan for and adapt to climate change.

Wendy has over ten years professional experience in international development with a focus on climate change, the environment, disaster risk reduction, sustainable livelihoods, and gender equality. She has worked within government, grassroots NGOs, independent think tanks and the UN, in Australia, the UK, Europe and South East Asia; most recently on a three-year diplomatic posting in Hanoi, where she managed the climate change and women’s empowerment portfolios of Australia’s aid program in Vietnam.

Wendy holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Italian from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters in Globalisation and Development from the Institute of Development Policy and Management (now the Global Development Institute) at the University of Manchester. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University.



  • Master of Sciences, Globalisation and Development, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester (2005)
  • Graduate Certificate, Environmental Management and Development, Australian National University (2012)
  • MA (Cantab), Modern Languages, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge (2004)


Bridging the gap between community-based adaptation and climate change policy: Can principles of deliberative democracy enable an evolution towards multi-scale climate-smart development?


Prof John Dryzek (Chair), Dr Jonathan Pickering and Dr Lisa Schipper.


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