Kei NishiyamaPhD Candidate


Address: Building 23, Level B University of Canberra Phone: +61 (0) 410 911 723

Kei Nishiyama is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance. His Ph.D. research - under the supervision of Prof John Dryzek and A/Prof Selen Ercan - investigates children's deliberative participation in child-friendly spaces, such as schools and streets. By employing the deliberative systems framework, Kei considers how children's various forms of democratic participation (including child-led deliberative enclave, deliberation in the classroom, youth activism) can be a meaningful constituting part of the wider deliberative systems. Kei was a dialogue practitioner (6 years experience) of one deliberative practice in the classroom, called Philosophy for Children. 


  • 2015-Present: Ph.D. Student in Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Australia
  • 2014. MA Pedagogy, Rikkyo University
  • 2012. BA Education, Rikkyo University


  • 2015-Present: Part-time lecturer at Tokyo Future University, Japan (Correspondence course)


  • 2015-Present. Japan Student Services Organization 2nd  Scholarship (Overseas)
  • 2014. A Special Award of Rikkyo University 100th Anniversary of Department of Arts (for my Master thesis “Deliberating in Democracy and Education”)

  • 2008. Scholarship for Encouraging Academic Work at Rikkyo University.


  • Member, The Study of Materialism in Japan
  • Member, The International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children


  • Main facilitator of ‘Philosophy for Children’

Kanto-Daiichi Elementary School, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (2013)

Community Centre at Yorii-city, Saitama Prefecture, Japan (2013-2014)

  • Main facilitator of Philo-Café

Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan (2013)

Research Projects
  • Deliberation in Schools

    Investigators: Dr Wendy Russell, Pierrick Chalaye

         Co-Investigator: Kei Nishiyama

         Funding: International Association for Public Participation Australia (IAP2A)

  • Children in Deliberative System: From Children as Future Citizens to Effective Deliberators (Ph.D. project, see overview)

  • Understanding and Evaluating Deliberative Systems

    Investigators: Andre Bachtiger, Nicole Curato, John Dryzek, Selen A. Ercan, Eda Keremoglu-Waibler, Simon Niemeyer and Kei Nishiyama

    Research Assistant: Juliana Rocha

    Funding: DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service


Research Grants
  • 2018-2019 Funded by International Association for Public Participation Australia (IAP2A) ($16,000) Research Title: Deliberation in Schools
  • 2016-2017 Funded by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) ($12,500) Research Title: Understanding and Evaluating Deliberative Systems
  • 2013-2014. Rikkyo University Special Fund for Research (200,000yen) Research Title: The Theoretical and Empirical Research on the Impact of Philosophy for Children in Deliberative Democratic Society.

Book Chapters

  • 2018. Education and mutual-understanding in the multicultural society: Philosophy in schools in Australia. In Shogo Iwasaki (ed). Lifelong education in the age of multicultural and multiethnic world. Tokyo: Gakubunsha. [in Japanese]

  • 2016. Who/What can judge between right and wrong? (and other 8 chapters). In Yohsuke Tsuchiya. (ed). Kokoro no Nazo Toki (Quest for the sense of wonder) (1-3). Tokyo: Seibido. [written in Japanese]


  • 2018. "Using the community of inquiry for interviewing children: Theory and practice". International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 21(5), 553-564.
  • 2018. "A dialogue-centered approach to multicultural/multilingual education". International Education. 24, 137-142
  • 2018. "Enabling children's deliberation in deliberative systems: Schools as a mediating space". Journal of Youth Studies.
  • 2017a. "Deliberators, not future citizens: Children in Democracy". Journal of Public Deliberation. 13(1). Article 1.
  • 2017b. "Child-activism and deliberative systems: Toward the alternative understanding of children's political "participation"." Annual Journal of Materialism in Japan. (22): 200-215.

  • 2015. "Philosophy Which Expands to Others: On Public and Private Aspect of 'Philosophizing'," The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University 11: 41-59.
  • 2014. "Some Models of Deliberation in Deliberative System: Public Reason, Difference Communications, and Democratic Iterations," The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University. Vol.10. pp.29-41.

  • 2013. What is the ‘Pushing for Depth’ in the Dialogue of ‘Philosophy for Children’? The Annuals of Graduate School of Education at Rikkyo University. Vol.9. pp.19-33.

Conference Paper

  • 2018d. Teenage protests and deliberative systems: The case of T-ns SOWL in Japan. International Political Science Association World Congress. Brisbane (Australia). 23 July.

  • 2018c. Distinguishing between non-deliberative and anti-deliberative activities: The significance of interpretive research. Assessing Deliberation Workshop. University of Canberra (Australia). 18 Jul.

  • 2018b. When anger turns Hip-Hop: The deliberative capacities of contemporary teenage protests. The Asian Study Association in Australia Annual Conference. University of Sydney (Australia). 3 Jul.

  • 2018a. When anger turns Hip-Hop: A deliberative approach to teenage festive protests. Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance Seminar Series. University of Canberra (Australia). 6 Feb.

  • 2017. Philosophy for Children as a hybrid model of deliberation. International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children Conference, At Autonomous University Madrid (Spain), 28 June - 1 July. 

  • 2017. Enabling children's deliberation: The role of schools in deliberative systems. Deliberative Democracy Summer School. At University of Canberra (Australia). 15th-17th February.

  • 2016. 'Deliberators, not future citizens: Children in the deliberative system - the case of Japan". Universitat Stuttgart, Institute fur Sozialwissenschaftenm Frschungskolloquium. At Universitat Stuttgart (Germany). 23rd May.
  • 2016. "Rethinking schools as deliberative public spaces for children". Australian Political Science Association Annual Conference. At University of New South Wales (Australia). 27th September.
  • 2013. "What Kind of Education Does Deliberative Democracy Demand?: Deliberative System and Philosophy for Children". Academic Conference for Youth Researchers of the Study of Materialism. Rikkyo University. Tokyo. Japan. September 14th [written in Japanese].
  • 2015. "Is Philosophy for Children a Teaching Method?" Postmethod, Professional of Democracy, and Philosopher. The 17th International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children. University of British Columbia. Vancouver. Canada. June 26th.
  • 2015. "Children in Deliberative System," Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. University of Canberra. Australia. September 28th 2015.


  • Peter Harteloh. (2013). Philosophical Walks. Annual Report of The Department of Education in Rikkyo University. (Translated by Nishiyama, Kei and Watanabe, Aya). Vol.57. pp107-14.

Book Review

  • 2012. Book Review on Sharon, Kaye. & Thomson, Paul. Philosophy for Teens: Questioning Life’s Big Ideas. Annual Report of the Department of Education in Rikkyo University. 56: 204 [written in Japanese]



  •  2016. Deliberative democracy as inclusion of politically vulnerable voices. Stella Vol.5. p.3.





Back to Alumni