Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance

Anne Nygaard JedziniPhD Candidate



Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra

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Anne Nygaard Jedzini is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is the recipient of the ARC Special Research Initiative 2021 PhD Scholarship. Her work examines how deliberative integrity is conceptualised and applied in public deliberation using action research methodology.

PhD supervisors

  • Nicole Curato (Primary Supervisor)
  • Selen Ercan (Secondary Supervisor)
  • Carolyn Hendriks (Secondary Supervisor)

For her MA thesis she examined how Danish and Australian city council politicians facilitate cocreation for public innovation. She conducted online interviews with a total of 16 city council politicians who represented 5 Australian and 4 Danish different city councils. She received first class for her MA thesis.

She is the former Vice Mayor of the City of Aarhus in Denmark (2014-2018). As Vice Mayor, she served on two citizen deliberation task committees: The Civic Citizen Committee and the Committee for Volunteering and Cocreation. She has also facilitated a number of public deliberations herself. One of which on entrepreneurs’ working conditions was accepted into the ‘Aarhus Business Plan 2018-2019’.

Anne is an impact-focused PhD candidate. She is the Business Development Manager for the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. In collaboration with centre director, Professor Simon Niemeyer, she leads the centre’s strategic engagement with its national and global partners to develop new innovative research opportunities.  As a part of this work, she is the Project Coordinator for the Australian Citizen Jury on Genome Editing.

She is the Co-founder of Denmark Australia Business Council (2020-present) and has previously worked with local, state and federal governments in her former positions as Business Development Director of Australia (2019-2020) and Business Developer (2018-2019) for Danish renewable energy company Suncil ApS.

She has founded and contributed to several non-for-profit political organisations and campaigns such as ‘#VoteAarhus – Your Voice, Your Municipality’ (2016-2017), ‘Danes for Hillary’ (2015-2016) and ‘The Social Liberal Party’s U.S. Presidential Volunteer Team 2016’ (2016). For the 2016 U.S. presidential election, she was used as a political expert in Danish and American media, which included Danish National Broadcasting (DR) and the Daily Beast.


  • Project Coordinator, Australian Citizens’ Jury on Genome Editing, 2021-present
  • Business Development Manager, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, 2021-present
Scholarships & Prizes
  • Scholarship, ARC Special Research Initiative, 2021-present

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