PhD Supervision

Nicole Curato

Nicole can supervise PhD students working on projects related to democratic theory, political ethnography, and public deliberation. Her current projects examine how deliberative politics can take root in challenging political contexts including disasters, violent conflict, and urban crime. She is the editor of the Journal of Public Deliberation and the convener of the Deliberative Democracy Summer School.

She is the primary supervisor to Mohammad Abdul-Hwas who is working on the role of humanitarian actors in promoting deliberative norms in the Syrian refugee crisis, and part of the supervisory panel of Nardine Alnemr, Roger Davis and Emerson Sanchez. She also supervised Dr Pia Rowe, one of the founding Editors of BroadAgenda.  

Contact: Nicole.Curato | at | | @NicoleCurato 


John Dryzek

John Dryzek can supervise PhD projects in the areas of environmental politics, deliberative global governance, and political theory. His past PhD students have gone on to academic positions at institutions such as the University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Australian National University, Griffith University, University of Canberra, University of Georgia, and Queen’s University Belfast.  





Selen Ercan

I work in the area of deliberative democracy focusing particularly on the capacity of this approach in addressing intractable conflicts in contemporary societies. My research sits at the intersection of normative political theory and empirical political research and seeks advance both through a close study of real life problems such as identity conflicts, gender and racial injustices and polarised policy debates.

My recent work examines the alternative forms of political participation in the context of broader transformations in contemporary democracies.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of: democracy broadly defined, new forms of citizen engagement, democratic innovations, protest movements, and identity politics.

I am currently supervising Jane Alver’s PhD project on feminist alliance building in the Pacific as a primary supervisor. Previously I served in the supervisory panels of Kei Nishiyama, Thaneshwar Bhusal, Samuel Antero, Catherine Clutton, Emma Vines and Cletius Puteho.

Contact: Selen.Ercan | at | | @selenAercan


Simon Niemeyer

My work spans across a number of areas of deliberative democracy, as well as environmental governance. An important focus involves empirical analysis of individual behaviour in political settings and developing theories that link the citizen to deliberative democratic systems. Much of this work has involved observation of citizen deliberation within deliberative minipublics using specifically developed analytical methods to understand the nature of deliberative transformation. The observations have contributed to important theoretical insights in the field. 

In short, I cover the whole spectrum between the citizen and deliberative systems and the institutional arrangements that mediate the relationships within that system. The research in environmental governance builds on insights about citizens to explore the relationship between democracy and the environment — from local to global.

I am keen to work with emerging scholars who are interested in conducing multidisciplinary research across the spectrum from the deliberative citizen to deliberative systems and all aspects in between. Research in this space that links to questions relating to environmental governance is of particular interest.

I have acted on seven supervisory panels across a diverse array of topics concerning deliberative democracy as well as environmental governance and am keen to work with scholars interested in innovative research.

Contact: Simon.Niemeyer | at | | @simonniemeyer