A University of Canberra researcher, world-renowned for his work on deliberative democracy, has been awarded the highly prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship today.
Centenary Professor John Dryzek from the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), was one of 16 outstanding researchers recognised by the Australian Research Council at a ceremony in Adelaide.
The Australian Laureate Fellowships are highly competitive awards designed to develop and retain world-class researchers who through leadership and mentoring will build Australia's international competitive research capacity.
Professor Dryzek's work on deliberative democracy highlights the critical importance of effective, inclusive and transformative communication in decision-making, not only among those who make the decisions but between them and the public in order to solve global problems more effectively.
The UK-born political theorist, who joined the University of Canberra in January, said he was delighted to receive this accolade, the first for the University.
"It is an incredible honour to be recognised as a Laureate Fellow," Professor Dryzek said from Harvard, where he is spending a semester as a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
"This acknowledgement will boost our contribution to the building of deliberative capacity, not only in theory but more importantly in applied practice, informing Australian positions in global negotiations or how Australian public policy responds to environmental governance."
The fellowship, which includes funding of more than $2.6million over the next five years, will allow Professor Dryzek and his team of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students take on three of the biggest challenges facing today's world.
"We will investigate and contribute to the discussion on how to promote global justice, how to navigate a potentially chaotic Earth system, and how to involve people from different cultures in productive democratic communication and therefore, effective joint problem-solving," he said.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Frances Shannon congratulated Professor Dryzek on his achievement.
"This well-deserved recognition to one of our brightest minds is a testament of the quality of the academics that we have attracted to work at the University of Canberra," Professor Shannon said.
"Professor Dryzek is not only making an outstanding contribution to his field, he is renowned for his dedication to mentoring the next generation of political thinkers and researchers in this area," she said. "We look forward to seeing this opportunity translate into a rich, dynamic research environment on global governance and democratic practices at the University."
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