IGPA Ready to Welcome Deliberative Democracy Scholars in Inaugural Summer School

Mon 2 February 2015

World renowned researchers at IGPA's Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance are thrilled to host the first Deliberative Democracy Summer School.

The Summer School will bring together leading local and international academics, early career researchers and graduate students working on the field of democratic theory and practice.

Centenary Professor and Director of the Centre John Dryzek, suggested the event will help cement IGPA as a leading organisation in the field of deliberative democracy.

“This Summer School will help confirm our world leadership in research, scholarship, and postgraduate education in this area,” he said.

Participants for the Summer School have been selected from a highly competitive global search across countries including Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, Germany, Poland, Norway, Italy and the US.

Several of the globally selected participants have already expressed their excitement in being part of the first Summer School.

"The fact that I will be flying half way around the world for this summer school reflects how excited I am to visit the Centre in the wake of its new beginnings at the University of Canberra. As the globally recognised hub for deliberative democracy that it is, the Centre is bringing together all of the world-leading scholars associated with it with a large group of up-and-coming young researchers in the field from around the world - there is no way I would miss the chance to be part of this." - Marit Boeker, University of Essex UK. 

The Summer school will include interactive learning modules, with specialist speakers engaging in in-depth discussions on challenging issues facing the theory and practice of deliberative democracy today.

“I am extremely pleased to be invited to the Deliberative Democracy Summer School at the University of Canberra's Institute for Governance this February. It is prestigious to be a part of an event which accommodates leading deliberative and participatory scholars from all over the globe." - Marta Wojciechowska, the London School of Economics. 

One of the unique attractions of the Summer School is the ability of the Centre and invited guests to bring a diverse range research fields together to improve the quality of democracy in various polities and cultural contexts. Some of these include; protest movements in Hong Kong, social media use in China and the use of citizen juries in policymaking in Australia. 

"In a long journey of research, it is important to realize we need not (and should never) be alone. The summer school brings together a global community of scholars in deliberative democracy. It is definitely an amazing opportunity to get connected and stay in touch. See you all in Canberra!" - James Wong, Lecturer, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Since moving to the University in 2014, the Centre has been awarded 3 ARC Grants, as well as Professor Dryzek’s prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship.


The Summer School will run from the 16th - 18th February. More information can be found on the event's webpage.

Questions about the Summer School should be directed to Dr Nicole Curato.

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