Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra
Deliberative democracy, environmental governance, deliberative participatory methods, governance and political institutions, public opinion formation, mixed methods
Simon Niemeyer is a Professor and co-founder of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He is also currently the Director of the Centre, having taken over from John Dryzek in October 2020.
His broad research interests the broad fields of deliberative democracy, deliberative reasoning, and environmental governance, particularly in respect to climate change and the role of deliberative approaches to improve capacity to mitigate and adapt. His research also concerns how insights from minipublic deliberation can be harnessed to improve deliberative quality in the wider public sphere.
His research ties together the themes of political behaviour, the public sphere and observations from deliberative minipublics, such as Citizens’ Juries, to develop insights into interventions and institutional settings that improve deliberation and the functioning of democratic systems. He has contributed to major theoretical insights in deliberative democracy, with practical implications informing the design and analysis of deliberative minipublics, as well as improving the broader democratic process.
His research also involves developing theories and methods for understanding deliberative transformation and reasoning. This includes the development of a theory of deliberative reasoning and method (Deliberative Reasoning Index; DRI) for analysis of reasoning as a group level property. This research has contributed to an improved understanding of the forces that shape public opinion and how this can be improved so that public better articulates their collective long-term interests. The research is carried forward into his current project involving metastudy of deliberation, which will inform deliberative methodologies as well as how group deliberation can be improved via the design of deliberative minipublics, as well as the implications for institutional design more broadly.
Simon completed his PhD at the Australian National University and since then has been the recipient of a number of Australian Research Council Awards, including an earlier iteration of what has become the DECRA award and an ARC Future Fellowship. He has been lead investigator on four large ARC projects concerning the possibilities for achieving mass public deliberation; a co-investigator on several other ARC project on deliberative democracy, including achieving just outcomes when adapting to climate change (with David Schlosberg), a co-investigator on a large Swedish Research Council project (with Julia Jennstål) concerning the nature of the deliberative person, and another large Swedish Riksbanken project on science, public trust in expertise and public deliberation. He is also the overall leader of the Global Citizens' Assembly on genome editing project, and involved in the Australian Citizens' Jury that is part of the wider global project.
Until recently he was co-located between the University of Uppsala and the University of Canberra where he has developed international links for the next phase of research in assessing deliberativeness of national political settings.
His current ARC Discovery project (A Metastudy of Deliberative Democracy) is focussed on clearing up conceptual and methodological issues in the field, in conjunction with John Dryzek, Nicole Curato and a number of important international scholars in the field. This will ultimately lead to a much larger research effort dealing with methods for assessing deliberativeness of large scale democratic systems as part of an international comparative study.
He is also part of a team developing a “deliberative documentary” covering the world’s first Global Citizens’ deliberative process on genomic technologies. That will research the effectiveness of documentaries combining traditional science documentary and citizen deliberation as a mechanism science communication and improving deliberative capacity.
2002: PhD, Social and Political Theory Programme, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
1997: First Class Honours in Politics and Economics, Griffith University, Australia (University Medal)
1994: BSc Environmental Studies, Griffith University, Australia, Major in Politics and Economics. Minor in Ecology
Oct 2020— Director, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, IGPA, University of Canberra.
June 2017—Oct 2020 Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, IGPA, University of Canberra. Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Business Government and Law (June 2019-; Professor since May 2020)
May 2016: Oct 2016 Senior Researcher (20%), Department of Government Uppsala University.
Jan 2012 - Dec 2016: Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Political Science and International Relations, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University (until March 2014, continued at University of Canberra).
Sept 2008 - Dec 2011: Research Fellow, Political Science Programme, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
Sept 2005 - Sept 2008: ARC Postoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science Programme, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University. Co-investigator in ARC Discovery project ‘Micropolitics of Deliberation’ involving empirical analysis of theoretical questions related to deliberative democracy.
Apr 2004 - Sept 2005: Postdoctoral Fellow (Technology in Society), Australian Centre for Advanced Technologies, Division of Exploration and Mining, CSIRO. Conducting research into social and political factors relevant to the take up of technologies and formulation of appropriate decision technologies.
Mar 2004 - Apr 2004: Research Manager, Tuggeranong Study, Centre for Gambling Research, Regulatory Network, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
Aug 2002 - Jan 2004: Research Fellow, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham. Managing research into public perceptions of environmental risk associated with climate change and teaching of environmental management courses.
Mar 1998 - Apr 2002: Doctoral studies, Social and Political Theory Program, The Australian National University. Six months was spent during 1998 - 99 as President of the ANU postgraduate association and a year as a Visiting Fellow at Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge in 2000. Co-researcher on Land and Water funded Citizens’ Juries and Environmental Management project (1999 - 2001).
Jul 1995 - Sept 1997: Demonstration tutor/occasional lecturer in Environmental Politics and Environmental Economics, Faculty of Australian Environmental Studies, Griffith University.
Apr 1995 - Sept 1997: Research Assistant, ‘Arenas of Power’ project, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Griffith University, Assistant to Professor Aynsley Kellow.
April 2013; June 2013 - Department of Government, Uppsala University
June - Aug 2012: Nuffield College & Environmental Change Institute. Department of Geography, University of Oxford. Collaboration, manuscript preparation with Kersty Hobson (among others). Including fieldwork in Italy (Bologna region).
April - May 2012: Department of Political Science, University of Åbo, Turku, Finland. Collabroation with Kimmo Grönlund and Maija Setälä.
Sept - Oct 2008: Institute of Political Science, University of Bern. Collaboration with Andre Bachtiger
Apr - May 2007: W Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia. Collaboration and analysis of deliberative process.
May - June 2006: Department of Politics, Norther Arizona University. Collaboration with David Schlosberg (among others) and fieldwork preparation.
Feb - Dec 2000: Department of Land Economy, Cambridge University. Collaboration with Clive Spash
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- Niemeyer, S. J. and F. Veri (Forthcoming). The Deliberative Reasoning Index. Assessing Deliberation. S. Ercan, N. Curato and H. Asenbaum. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- Dryzek, J. S., D. Nicol, S. Niemeyer, S. et. al. (2020). "Global Citizen Deliberation on Genome Editing: How to Bring in the People." Science 369(6510): 1435-1437.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2020). Knowledge and the deliberative stance in democratic systems: Harnessing scepticism of the self in governing global environmental change. Knowledge for Governance. J. Glückler, G. Herrigel and M. Handke. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer. Knowledge and Space.
- Curato, N., J. Sass, S. Ercan and S. Niemeyer (2020). "Deliberative democracy in the age of serial crisis." International Political Science Review: 1-11.
- Adashi, Eli, Michael Burgess, Simon Burall, Glenn Cohen, Leonard Fleck, John Harris, Soren Holm, Cristina Lafont, Jonathan Moreno, Michael Neblo, Simon Niemeyer, Eugene Rowe, Dietram Scheufle, Paul Testa, Effy Vayena, Richard Watermeyer, and Archon Fung. 2020. "Remedial Germline Editing: The Public Engagement Imperative." The CRISPR Journal 3 (6): 434-439.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2020). Analysing deliberative transformation: a multi-level approach incorporating Q methodology. Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance. S. Elstub and O. Escobar, Edward Elgar: 540-557. Available: https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781786433855/9781786433855.00049.xml.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2019). "Deliberation and Ecological Democracy: From Citizen to Global System." Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning(Special Issue on Ecological Democracy). https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1523908X.2019.1661232?journalCode=cjoe20.
- Dryzek, J. S. and S. J. Niemeyer (2019). "Deliberative Democracy and Climate Change." Nature Human Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0591-9.
- Dryzek, J. S., A. Bächtiger, S. Chambers, J. Cohen, J. N. Druckman, A. Felicetti, J. S. Fishkin, D. M. Farrell, A. Fung, A. Gutmann, H. Landemore, J. Mansbridge, S. Marien, M. A. Neblo, S. Niemeyer, M. Setälä, R. Slothuus, J. Suiter, D. Thompson and M. E. Warren (2019). "The Crisis of Democracy and the Science of Deliberation: Citizens can avoid polarization and make sound decisions." Science 363(6432): 1144–1146. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6432/1144.summary.
- Batalha, L. M., S. Niemeyer, J. S. Dryzek and J. Gastil (2019). "Psychological Mechanisms of Deliberative Transformation: The Role of Group Identity." Journal of Public Deliberation 15(1): Article 2. https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol15/iss1/art2.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and J. Jennstål (2018). Scaling Up Deliberative Effects: Applying Lessons of Mini-Publics. The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy. A. Bächtiger, J. S. Dryzek, M. E. Warren and J. J. Mansbridge. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 329–347. Available: https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198747369.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780198747369-e-31.
- Schlosberg, D., L. Collins and S. J. Niemeyer (2017). "Adaptation Policy and Community Discourse: Risk, Vulnerability, and Just Transformation." Environmental Politics 26(3): 413–437. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2017.1287628.
- Curato, N., J. S. Dryzek, S. Ercan, C. M. Hendriks and S. J. Niemeyer (2017). "Twelve Key Findings in Deliberative Democracy Research." Daedalus 146(3): 28–38. https://www.amacad.org/publication/twelve-key-findings-deliberative-democracy-research.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and J. Jennstål (2016). The Deliberative Democratic Inclusion of Future Generations. Institutions for Future Generations. A. Gosseries and I. González Ricoy. Oxford, Oxford University Press. Available: https://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746959.001.0001/acprof-9780198746959-chapter-15.
- Felicetti, A., S. Niemeyer and N. Curato (2016). "Improving deliberative participation: connecting mini-publics to deliberative systems." European Political Science Review 8(3): 427-448. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755773915000119.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2014b). Scaling Up Deliberation to Mass Publics: Harnessing Minipublics in a Deliberative System. Deliberative Mini-Publics: Practices, promises, pitfalls. K. Grönlund, A. Bächtiger and M. Setälä. Essex, ECPR Press: 177–. Available: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309108329_Scaling_up_deliberation_to_mass_publics_harnessing_mini-publics_in_a_deliberative_system.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2014a). "A defence of (deliberative) democracy in the Anthropocene." Ethical Perspectives 21(1): 15–45. https://researchprofiles.canberra.edu.au/en/publications/a-defence-of-deliberative-democracy-in-the-anthropocene.
- O'Neil, S., M. T. Boykoff, S. J. Niemeyer and S. A. Day (2013). "On the Use of Imagery for Climate Change Engagement." Global Environmental Change 23(2): 413–421. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378012001379.
- Niemeyer, S. J., L. Batalha and J. S. Dryzek (2013). Changing dispositions to Australian democracy in the course of the Citizens’ Parliament. The Australian Citizens' Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy. L. Carson and J. Gastil. University Park, Penn., Pennsylvania State University Press.
- Niemeyer, S. J., S. Ayirtman and J. HartzKarp (2013). "Q methodology and Analysis of Policy Issues: The Fremantle Bridge Case Study." Operant Subjectivity 36(2): 114–134.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2013). "Democracy and Climate Change: What Can Deliberative Democracy Contribute?" Australian Journal of Politics and History 59(3): 430-449. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ajph.12025.
- Hobson, K. P. and S. J. Niemeyer (2013). "What do climate sceptics believe? Discourses of scepticism and their response to deliberation." Public Understanding of Science 22(4): 396-412. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0963662511430459.
- Curato, N., S. J. Niemeyer and J. S. Dryzek (2013). "Appreciative and Contestatory Inquiry In Deliberative Forums: Can Group Hugs be Dangerous?" Critical Policy Studies 7(1): 1–17. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19460171.2012.758595?journalCode=rcps20#preview.
- Curato, N. and S. J. Niemeyer (2013). "Reaching out to overcome political apathy: Building participatory capacity through deliberative engagement." Politics & Policy 41(3): 355–383. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/polp.12015/abstract.
- Boswell, J., S. J. Niemeyer and C. M. Hendricks (2013). "Julia Gillard's Citizens' Assembly Proposal for Australia: A Deliberative Democratic Analysis." Australian Journal of Political Science 48(2): 164–178. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10361146.2013.786675.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2011b). Intersubjective Reasoning and the Formation of Metaconsensus. Technologies for Supporting Reasoning Communities and Collaborative Decision Making: Cooperative Approaches. J. Yearwood and A. Stranieri. Hershey, Penn., IGI Global: 18–37.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2011a). "The Emancipatory Effect of Deliberation: Empirical Lessons from Mini-Publics." Politics & Society 39(1): 103–140. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0032329210395000.
- Hobson, K. P. and S. J. Niemeyer (2011). "Public responses to climate change: The role of deliberation in building capacity for adaptive action." Global Environmental Change 21(3): 957–971. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959378011000756.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2010). "The Q-Block Method and an Alternative: Benchmarking the Australian Discourse of Democracy." Operant Subjectivity 34(1).
- Bächtiger, A., S. Niemeyer, M. Neblo, M. R. Steenbergen and J. Steiner (2010). "Disentangling Diversity in Deliberative Democracy: Competing Theories, Their Empirical Blind-spots, and Complementarities." Journal of Political Philosophy 18(1): 32–63. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1467-9760.2009.00342.x.
- Ashworth, P., A. Littleboy, P. Graham and S. Niemeyer (2010). Turning the heat on: Public engagement in Australia’s energy future. Renewable Energy and the Public: From NIMBY to Participation. P. Devine-Wright. London, Earthscan.
- Secko, D. M., N. Preto, S. J. Niemeyer and M. M. Burgess (2009b). "Informed consent in biobank research: A deliberative approach to the debate." Social Science and Medicine 68(4): 781–789.
- Secko, D. M., N. Preto, S. Niemeyer and M. M. Burgess (2009a). "Informed consent in biobank research: A deliberative approach to the debate." Social Science & Medicine 68(4): 781-789. ://WOS:000264041300025.
- Dryzek, J. S., L. Belgiorno–Nettis, L. Carson, J. Hartz-Karp, R. Lubensky, I. Marsh and S. Niemeyer. (2009). "The Australian Citizens’ Parliament: A World First." Journal of Public Deliberation 5(1).
- Dryzek, J. S. and S. J. Niemeyer (2008). "Discursive Representation." American Political Science Review 102(4): 481–494. https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/S0003055408080325.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and J. S. Dryzek (2007). "The Ends of Deliberation: Metaconsensus and Intersubjective Rationality as Deliberative Ideals." Swiss Political Science Review 13(4): 497–526. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/j.1662-6370.2007.tb00087.x.
- Bachtiger, A., M. R. Steenbergen and S. Niemeyer (2007). "Deliberative democracy: An introduction (Habermasian)." Swiss Political Science Review 13(4): 485-496. ://WOS:000254059700001.
- Dryzek, J. S. and S. J. Niemeyer (2006). "Reconciling pluralism and consensus as political ideals." American Journal of Political Science 50(3): 634–649. ://WOS:000238279000008.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2005). Preference transformation through deliberation: protecting world heritage. Developing Alternatives for Valuing Nature. M. Getzner, C. Spash and S. Stagl. Abington, Routledge: 263–289.
- Niemeyer, S., J. Petts and K. Hobson (2005). "Rapid climate change and society: Assessing responses and thresholds." Risk Analysis 25(6): 1443-1456. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.468.6294&rep=rep1&type=pdf.
- Petts, J. and S. J. Niemeyer (2004). "Health risk communication and amplification: learning from the MMR vaccination controversy." Health, Risk and Society 6(1): 7–23.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2004b). "Deliberation in the wilderness: displacing symbolic politics." Environmental Politics 13(2): 347–372. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0964401042000209612.
- Niemeyer, S. (2004a). "The commons in the new millennium: Challenges and adaptations." Environmental Politics 13(2): 497-498. ://000222172700027.
- Goodin, R. E. and S. J. Niemeyer (2003). "When does deliberation begin? Internal reflection versus public discussion in deliberative democracy." Political Studies 51(4): 627–649. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.0032-3217.2003.00450.x.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and C. L. Spash (2001). "Environmental valuation analysis, public deliberation, and their pragmatic syntheses: a critical appraisal." Environment and Planning C 19(4): 567–585.
- Niemeyer, S. (2000). "The development of ecological economics." Environmental Values 9(1): 113-115. ://000085780100009.
- Kellow, A. and S. Niemeyer (1999). "The development of environmental administration in Queensland and Western Australia: Why are they different?" Australian Journal of Political Science 34(2): 205–222. file:\\\users/simon/university/references/elecrefs/.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and J. G. Tisdell (1998). "Consumer-based carbon reduction incentives: A proposed mixed incentive for reducing C02 emissions from transport." Economic Analysis and Policy 28(1): 53-67. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0313592698500045.
- Niemeyer, S. J., & Jennstål, J. (Resubmitted). Deliberation and ecological democracy: From citizen to global system. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning (Special Issue on Ecological Democracy).
- Niemeyer, S. J. (In preparation). "Deliberation and the integration of political perspectives " American Political Science Review.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (In preparation). "When does deliberation really begin?" Political Studies.
- Niemeyer, S. J., A. Felicetti and N. Curato (In preparation). A Citizen Jury Does Not a Deliberative Democracy Make: Establishing the Link Between Mini-publics and the Deliberative System. European Political Science Review
- Dryzek, John S. (with Simon John Niemeyer). 2011. Foundations and Frontiers of Deliberative Governance. Oxford University Press.
Conference Presentations (selected)
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2019). Media-driven deliberative diffusion on a global scale: The World Citizens’ Jury. The Consequences of Democratic Innovations, U Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, 19 September.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2019). Wild words and the assault of reason: Resolving the role of emotions in deliberation. ECPR General Conference, Wroc?aw, 4?7 September, Passionate Argument or Emotional Blackmail? Investigating the Role of Emotions in Public Deliberation.
- Niemeyer, S. (2019 of Conference). Integrative reasoning in polarised times: The case of minipublic deliberation on EU migrant beggars in Sweden. Democratic Renewal in Times of Polarization, KU Leuven, 19 September.
- Niemeyer, S. (2019). Media-driven deliberative diffusion on a global scale: The World Citizens’ Jury on Genome Editing. Methodologies for public deliberation in health: Ensuring quality, engaging publics, changing practice, University of Wollongong, 29 August.
- Felicetti, A., N. Curato and S. J. Niemeyer (2019 ). Deliberate then what? Design, Dynamics, and Outcomes of Mini-Publics and the Deliberative System. The Consequences of Democratic Innovations, U Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, 19 September.
- Niemeyer, S. J., Dryzek, J. S., & Curato, N. (2018). Environmental Issue Complexity and Democratic Deliberation: Demonstrating the Limits or the Need for Innovative Systems Thinking? Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference, Hamburg.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and J. Jennstål (2017). Knowledge and Socratic humility in deliberative systems: Harnessing scepticism of the self in governing global change 15th Interdisciplinary Symposium on Knowledge and Space: Knowledge for Governance. Studio Villa Bosch, Heidelberg, Department of Geography, University of Heidelberg.
- Niemeyer, S. J., A. Felicetti and N. Curato (2016). Systemic Assessment of Deliberative Assemblies: A Comparative Approach. The 112th American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.
- Niemeyer, S. J., N. Curato and A. Bächtiger (2016). Assessing the deliberative capacity of democratic polities and the factors that contribute to it. ECPR Joint Sessions. Pisa. 24-28 April.
- Niemeyer, S. J., et al. (2015). Assessing the deliberative capacity of democratic polities and the factors that contribute to it. Democracy: A Citizens’ Perspective. Åbo Akademi. 27-28 May.
- Jennstål, J. and S. J. Niemeyer (2014). The Deliberative Citizen: The role of personality in deliberative behaviour. Nordic Political Science Association Conference. University of Gothenburg. 13-14 August
- Jennstål, J. and S. J. Niemeyer (2013). Understanding the reflective capabilities of citizens and its role in deliberative capacity. European Consortium for Political Research. Bordeaux.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2012). Building a Deliberative System for Earth Systems Governance: Lessons from and Possibilities for Minipublics. Lund Conference on Earth Systems Governance. Lund. Online. Available http://www.lund2012.earthsystemgovernance.org/LC2012-paper386.pdf.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2012). Is Deliberative Democracy All Talk? Developing a deliberative conception of transformation and implications for practice. Deepening Democracy: participation, deliberation or both?, University of Bradford, 12–14 September.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2012). From the minipublic to a deliberative system: is scaling up deliberation possible? Deliberative Democracy in Action. K. Grönlund, A. Bächtiger and M. Setälä. University of Åbo. 7–8 June.
- Curato, N. and S. J. Niemeyer (2012). Appreciative and Contestatory Inquiry In Deliberative Forums: Can Group Hugs be Dangerous? Deliberative Democracy in Action. University of Åbo.
- Batalha, L., S. J. Niemeyer, N. Curato and J. S. Dryzek (2012). Group dynamics and deliberative processes: Affective and cognitive aspects. Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Chicago, IL, 6–9 July. Online. Available http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ispp/ispp12/index.php?cmd=Download+Document&key=view_paper_file&file_index=1&pop_up=true&no_click_key=true&attachment_style=inline&PHPSESSID=gu37h2smuj9pkg2o0f0se4vqs0
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2011). Intersubjective Consistency in Deliberative Outcomes. Methodological Challenges In Participation Research. J. Font, D. della Porta and Y. Sintomer. 4–5 November. Cordoba, Spain.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2011). In Search of the Deliberative Person: Building the Foundations of an Deliberative System and the Implications for Climate Change Governance. ECPR General Conference. Reykjavic. Online. Available http://www.ecprnet.eu/conferences/general_conference/reykjavik/paper_details.asp?paperid=4127.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and K. P. Hobson (2011). Distilling Climate Change for Public Consumption: The Respective Roles of Scenarios and Deliberation. Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance. Colorado State University.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and K. P. Hobson (2011). Deliberation and Climate Change: What can deliberative democracy contribute to adaptive capacity? ECPR Joint Sessions. St Gallen.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and K. P. Hobson (2010). Climate Change and the Public Sphere: Mapping individual responses to Australia climate change scenarios and the limits of social adaptation. 2010 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Social dimensions of environmental change and governance. Berlin.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2008). Deliberation and the public sphere: Macro lessons from micro politics. RSSS Theme Seminar. The Australian National University.
- Niemeyer, Simon John & HartzKarp, J. 2008. Deliberation within large forums: analyzing deliberative success. Deliberative Democracy Theory and Practice Meeting, ANU.
- Niemeyer, Simon John, and John S Dryzek. 2007. Intersubjective Rationality: Using interpersonal consistency as a measure of deliberative quality. In ECPSRR Workshop 23. Advanced Empirical Study of Deliberation. Helsinki.
- Dryzek, John S., and Simon John Niemeyer. 2007. Discursive Representation. Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Chicago. 6-7 Sept.
- Secko, D. M., N. Preto, S. J. Niemeyer, and M. M. Burgess. 2007. Informed Consent in Biobank Research: Fresh Evidence for the Debate. In One Orgin, One Race, One Earth: Genetics, human rights and the next phase in human evolution. University of Calgary. 15-17 November
- Sisk, Thomas D., Brett G. Dickson, John Dryzek, Haydee M. Hampton, Tischa Muñoz-Erickson, Shawn Newell, Simon Niemeyer, Jill Rundall, David Schlosberg, and Yaguang Xu. 2007. Ecological discourse and participatory science: Public engagement reduces conflict in development of forest policy. Ecological Restoration in a Changing World. Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. San Jose.
- Simon Niemeyer, Anna Littleboy, Kath Fisher and Naomi Boughen. Energy Futures Citizens Panels: Definitive Deliberation? Paper presented at Into the Void: Exploring the Impact of Participatory Processes in research and policy contexts, CSIRO, ANU combined workshop, 27 July 2006.
- Schlosberg, D., Niemeyer, S. J., Munoz-Erickson, T., Sisk, T., & Dryzek, J. (2005). What does collaboration change? A study of participant values, policy positions, and opinions of others on forest restoration issues in Northern New Mexico, Community Based Collaborative Research Consortium Conference. Sedona, AZ.
- Dryzek, J. S., & Niemeyer, S. J. (2003). Pluralism and consensus in political deliberation. Paper presented at the Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philidelphia. 28–31 August.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2000). Environmental politics, symbols and substance: The formation and transformation of preferences in an institutional context, Conference of the International Society of Ecological Economics. The Australian National University.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2000). The ecological economics of environmental choice: Should we value or deliberate? Vienna: European Society for Ecological Economics.
Invited Lectures (selected)
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2019). Divergent values or divisive language? How deliberative reasoning reconfigures how environmental values translate into political behaviour. . Berlin, Heidelberg, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2019). Deliberation and Deepening Ecological Democracy. Deepenng Democracy: Australian Greens Annual Governance. Canberra. (Panel lecture. 15 November)
- Climate Change Adaptation and Deliberation. (2019) Climate Change Innovation Lab Webinar
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2017). Rebuilding Trust in Political Discourse: What deliberative democracy can tell us about how to deal with a changing world. Labor Club: ACT Labor Party. (forthcoming 4 November)
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2017). Deliberative Democracy and Citizens Juries Canberra Conversations. ACT Legislative Assemblies: ACT Government. 4 May
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2017). Deliberative Democracy and the Environment: Saving the Planet by Taking Humans Seriously Walter Westman Annual Lecture. Sydney International House, The University of Sydney. 31 August. Available at https://youtu.be/y4ZypO8gKOU
- “What can deliberative democracy can do to improve policy and politics, and how: The experience of deliberative mini publics”, Lecture presented to the Regional Authority for Participation (Autorità Regional per la Partecipazione).. Legislative Palace, Tuscany Region. (Presso la sede del Consiglio della Regione Toscana, Via Cavour 18 – Firenze). 16 October 2012.
- “Micropolitics of Deliberation” Lecture presented to WZB, Berlin. 24 August 2012.
Faculty Seminars (selected)
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2017). Cultivating a Deliberative Stance. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governanace, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. 14 February
- Niemeyer S. J. and Jennstål, J., The Deliberative Citizen: The role of personality and context in deliberative behaviour. Departmental Seminar. IGPA. 31 July 2014.
- Niemeyer S. J. and Jennstål, J., The Deliberative Citizen: Exploring who is willing to deliberate, when and how through the lens of personality. Departmental Seminar. Department of Government, University of Uppsala. 10 April 2014.
- Niemeyer S. J. and Jennstål, J. The Deliberative Citizen: Exploring who is willing to deliberate, when and how through the lens of personality. Departmental Seminar. Department of Psychology, University of Örebro. 25 January 2014
- “Habermas in the Lab? Observing the emancipatory potential of deliberation via the observation of minipublics. Lecture presented to “Déjeuner Sociologique, Department of Sociology, University of Geneva. 3 October 2012.
- Habermas in the lab? Observing the emancipatory potential of deliberation via participation in minipublics. Lecture presented to Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges Research Unit, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. 23 August 2012.
- In search of the deliberative citizen: Can deliberative democracy be achieved in mass publics? Lecture presented to the Political Science Department, Åbo Akademi, Turku. 30 May 2012.
- What can deliberative democracy do to improve the response to climate change?, Lecture presented to the Department of Geography, University of Melbourne 16 August 2011.
Reports and Working Papers (selected)
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2019). Intersubjective Reasoning in Political Deliberation. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance research paper series, 2019/4 Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. https://www.governanceinstitute.edu.au/magma/media/upload/ckeditor/files/Intersubjective%20Reasoning(4).pdf
- Farrell, D. M., N. Curato, J. S. Dryzek, B. Geißel, K. Grönlund, S. Marien, S. Niemeyer, J.-B. Pilet, A. Renwick, J. Rose, M. Setälä and J. Suiter (2019). Deliberative Minipublics: Core Design Features. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance research paper series. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. https://www.governanceinstitute.edu.au/magma/media/upload/ckeditor/files/Deliberative%20Mini-Publics%20Core%20Design%20Features.pdf
- Jennstål, J. and S. J. Niemeyer (2019). Creating deliberative conditions: The role of activating a deliberative state. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance working paper series, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.
- Jennstål, J., S. J. Niemeyer and L. Fred (2016). Uppsala talar om tiggeri: Medborgare Berättelse och Sammanfattning Uppsala University. Online. Available http://www.statsvet.uu.se/digitalAssets/446/446442_3rapport--2810-maj-29.pdf.
- Schlosberg, D., S. Niemeyer, L. Collins and K. Fisher (2014). City of Sydney Resident’s Panel on Climate Adaptation: University of Sydney Preliminary Report, University of Sydney. Online. Available http://sydneyyoursay.com.au/climate-change-adaptation.
- Jennstål, J. and S. J. Niemeyer (2014). The Deliberative Citizen: The role of personality and context in deliberative behaviour, Centre for Deliberative Demcracy and Global Governance, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.
- Niemeyer, S. J., A. Felicetti and O. D. Ruggero (2012). Prelimary Report: Valsamoggia Citizens Initiative Review. Canberra, Centre for Deliberative Demcracy and Global Governance, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2012). Building the Foundations of Deliberative Democracy: The Deliberative Person. Canberra, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The Australian National University.
- Niemeyer, S. J., K. P. Hobson, et al. (2011). Participant Recommendations and Report: Climate Change and the Public Sphere Project. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Working paper 2011/4.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2010). Analysis Of The Act Tree Management Opinion Charting Exercise: Conducted as part of the Tree Investigation Strategic Communications Workshop. Canberra, Officer for the Commissioner of Sustainability and the Environment, ACT. (Report tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly).
- Niemeyer, S. J., K. P. Hobson, et al. (2010). Climate Change and the Public Sphere: Public Responses to Climate Change and Governing Adaptation, with specific reference to the ACT and Goulburn-Mulwaree regions. Canberra, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The Australian National University.
- Niemeyer, S. J. and K. P. Hobson (2010). Is Deliberative Democracy the Solution to Governing Climate Change? Evidence from the Field. Canberra, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The Australian National University.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2009). The Emancipatory Effect of Deliberation: Empirical Lessons from Mini-Publics. Canberra, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Working Paper 2009/5. Downloadable at http://deliberativedemocracy.anu.edu.au/Content/workingpapers/Pdf version/Niemeyer 2009 The Emancipatory Effect of Deliberation.pdf
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2008). New Mexico ForestERA: Analysis of a Citizen and Stakeholder Deliberations on Forest Restoration Issues in Northern New Mexico. Canberra, Deliberative Democracy Research Group, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
- Ayirtman, Selen, and Simon John Niemeyer. (2008). Achieving Success in Large Scale Deliberation: Analysis of the Fremantle Bridge Community Engagement Process. Canberra: Deliberative Democracy Research Group, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2007). Report of the analysis of the UBC Biobank Deliberative Process. Canberra, Deliberative Democracy Research Group, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University.
- Littleboy, Anna, Naomi Boughen, Simon Niemeyer, and Kath Fisher. 2006. Societal Uptake of Alternative Energy Futures: Final Report. Newcastle, NSW: CSIRO Energy Transformed Research Flagship.
- Niemeyer, S. J., Littleboy, A., Fisher, K., & Boughen, N. (2005). Societal uptake of alternative energy futures – interim report. Pullenvale: CSIRO, Division of Exploration and Mining.
- Niemeyer, S. J., & Littleboy, A. (2005). Societal uptake of energy technologies: A framework for examining social responses to energy technologies in Australia energy futures (Research Report). Pullenvale: CSIRO, Division of Exploration and Mining.
- Niemeyer, S. J., & Blamey, R. K. (2005). The Far North Queensland Citizens' Jury (Research report). Canberra: Land and Water Australia.
- Niemeyer, S., Petts, J., Hobson, K., & McGregor, G. (2004). Understanding thresholds in human behaviour and responses to rapid climate change (Working Paper 04/01). Birmingham: Centre for Environmental Research & Training, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.
- Niemeyer, S., J. Petts, et al. (2004). Predicting Responses to rapid climate change. Final report to the ESRC. Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2002). Deliberation in the wilderness: Transforming policy preferences through discourse. Unpublished PhD, The Australian National University, Canberra.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2000). Cogito ergo sylva amo: The coevolution of science and environmental values (Environment Series No. 13). Cambridge: Cambridge Research for the Environment, Department of Land Economy, Cambridge University.
- Niemeyer, Simon John. 1998. Consumer-based carbon reduction incentives. Canberra: Ecological Economics Program, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, The Australian National University.
Newspaper/Media Opinion Pieces
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2017). Transforming ACT democracy one citizens' jury at a time. The Canberra Times. Canberra.
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2010) "A novel idea on climate change: ask the people." The Conversation. (https://theconversation.com/a-novel-idea-on-climate-change-ask-the-people-1962)
- Niemeyer, S. J. (2010). Helping unlikely sceptics see that climate change is real. The Age. Melbourne, Vic., Fairfax.
- 2017 ARC Discovery Proposal, “A Metastudy of micropolitical deliberation”, $700,000 (Lead CI with Nicole Curato, John Dryzek, Andre Bachtiger).
- 2014 - 2017: Swedish Research Council Research Grant, “The Deliberative Person: How, When and Where to Citizens Deliberate” SEK 5,800,000 [Approx AU $1million] (Lead CI with Julia Jennstål)
- 2012 - 2015: ARC Future Fellowship FT110100871, “Deliberative Democracy and Climate Change: Building the Foundations of an Adaptive System”. AU$629,090. (Recipient)
- 2012 - 2014: ARC Discovery Grant DP120103976 ,“Deliberative Democracy in the Public Sphere: Achieving Deliberative Outcomes in mass publics”. AU$320,357. (Lead CI with John Dryzek, David Schlosberg, Kersty Hobson, Robert Goodin, Andre Bachtiger, Maija Setala).
- 2012 - 2014: ARC Discovery Grant DP120104797, “Rethinking Climate Justice in an Age of Adaptation: Capabilities, Local Variation, and Public Deliberation”. AU$250,000. (with David Schlosberg, Lead CI)
- 2008 - 2010: ARC Discovery Grant DP0879092, “Social Adaptation to Climate Change in the Australian Public Sphere: A Comparison of Individual and Group Deliberative Responses to Scenarios of Future Climate Change” AU$378,500. Lead CI on the interdisciplinary team for this project with Paul t’Hart’; Will Steffen (Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society); Kersty Hobson (RSPAS) ; Janette Lindsay (Fenner); Brendan Mackey (Fenner) and Michael Hutchinson (Fenner).
- 2008 - 2010: ARC Linkage Grant LP0882714, “Creating an Analysing a Citizens’ Parliament: Exploring the Public’s Deliberative Capacity”, with John Dryzek, Lyn Carson (USyd), Janette HartzKarp (Murdoch), Ian Marsh (USyd) and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis (newDemocracy). AU$291,575 from ARC, AU$418,000 from the New Democracy Foundation, Total AU$709,575
- 2009 - 2010: eResearch Grant, “Quantitative Deliberative Analysis: Development of software program”, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Dean's E-Research And Digital Scholarship Initiative. $AU 12,000
- 2005 - 2007: ARC Discovery Grant DP0558573, “The Micropolitics of Deliberation”. With John Dryzek (started late so extended into 2008). AU$365,000.
- 2004 - 2005: CSIRO Energy Flagship Programme, “Societal uptake of alternative energy futures”, (With Anna Littleboy). AU$400,000
- 2003 - 2004: Economic and Social Research Council (UK). Environment and New Behaviour Opportunities Programme. “Predicting thresholds of social behavioural responses to rapid climate change” (With Judith Petts, Kersty Hobson, Glenn McGregor). £32,748.
- 1999 - 2002: Land and Water Australia. Social and Institutional Research Program. “Citizens’ Juries and Environmental Valuation” (With Mick Common and Russell Blamey). AU$150,000
- 1998 - 2002: Land and Water Scholar. Industry Scholarship award for Doctoral Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. AU$75,000
- 2000: Preparation of successful EU Framework 3 proposal titled Consultative Institutions and Values In a Changing Society (CIVICS). Approx €500,000.
Other Research Related Activities
Analytical Software Development
Development of analysis software package (AdvanceQ, Java based) in conjunction with external partner integrating and extending Q method analytical techniques in conjunction with other techniques being developed as part of the Micropolitics of Deliberation project. Currently being developed further as part of the ARC Future Fellowship.
- 2017: Deliberative Democracy strategy for ACT Government (With Wendy Russell, Vicki Darling, John Dryzek.) AU$90,000
- 2010: Analysis of community consultation, ACT Tree management for the Australian Captial Territory Commissioner for the Environment. AU$8,000
- 2008: Development of online survey instrument (Qsort) using interactive Adobe Flash interface. (In conjunction with external developer for Office of Population Health, Wester Australia). AU$6,600.
- 2006: Pathways to deep cuts in Victoria’s Greenhouse emissions, AUS21 AU$10,000. (Funds dispersed through CSIRO)
- 2005: Social Uptake of Energy Technologies, CSIRO, Division of Minerals and Energy. AU$47,000, 2005 (Funds dispsered through The ANU).
2017: Course Convenor, Special Topic in Business and Politics. Masters Course. Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.
2010/11: College of Arts and Social Science Postgraduate Training: Research Methods: Q methodology course and participatory research methods (course repeated 2011)
2008/9: Guest lectures SRES1003 Environment and Society Research Methods. SRES3007 Participatory Resource Management. SRES2013 People, Environment and Development. (Lectures repeated 2009)
2007: Guest lecturing both within the ANU and at other universities. Within the ANU: Fenner School (3rd Year Env Studies on environmental valuation, public consultation and decision making); RSPAS (Social Impact of Climate Change); University of Northern Arizona, Political Science (deliberative democracy and preference transformation).
2003 - 2004: Tutor (as part of Research Fellow position), Environmental Studies, Department of Earth, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Birmingham
1995 -1997: Demonstration tutor/occasional lecturer in Environmental Politics and Environmental Economics, Faculty of Australian Environmental Studies, Griffith University.
Current membership of PhD supervision panel for:
- Sergio Guillén Grillo (Crawford School, The Australian National University)
- Supervision of Completed PhD Scholars (Member of Panel)
- Andrea Felicitini (School of Politics and International Relations, RSSS, 2014)
- Michael Rollens (School of Politics and International Relations, RSSS; 2014)
- Selen Ayirtman (School of Politics and International Relations, RSSS; 2012)
- Alex Lo (CSIRO & School of Politics, The ANU; 2011)
Service to Journals and Research Organisations
Manuscript reviewer for
Administration and Society
American Journal of Political Science
American Political Science Review
British Journal of Political Science (2)
Contemporary Political Theory
Environment and Planning A
Environment and Planning C
Ecological Economics (3)
Environmental Values (2)
European Journal of Political Research
European Journal of Political Theory
Journal of Economic and Social Policy
Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Journal of Politics
Journal of Political Philosophy
Journal of Public Deliberation
History of Human Sciences
Land Use Policy
Policy Studies (2)
Political Studies (2)
Policy and the Internet
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Public Administration Review
Public Understanding of Science
Regional Environmental Change
Regulation and Governance
Science, Technology and Human Values
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Research Proposal reviews
- Belgium Research Council (2015, 2016)
- Swiss National Research Foundation (2012)
- Research Foundation Flanders – FWO (2012, 2016)
- Australian Research Council (2012, 2015, 2016)
- Welcome Trust (2011)
- Economic and Social Research Council (UK) (2010)
- National Science Foundation (2009)
Book Reviews for
- Environmental Values
- Environment and Planning C
- Environmental Politics
Invited Public Lectures
- 2017: "Deliberative Democracy and the Environment: Saving the planet by taking humans seriously." In. Sydney: International House, The University of Sydney.
- 2017: "What can deliberative democracy can do to improve policy and politics, and how: The experience of deliberative mini publics." In. Florence: Consiglio Regionale della Toscana (Regional Council of Tuscany).
Administration and University Service
2016: Member, University Research Income Committee, University of Canberra
2011- 2012: Member, College of Arts and Social Sciences eResearch Committee
2009 - 2010: Member, College of Arts and Social Sciences IT Strategy Committee
2007 - 2009: Steering Group member, ANU Climate Initiative.
1999: President, ANU Postgraduate and Research Student Association
1999: Member of University Council, The Australian National University
2011 - 2015: Steering Committee Member, ECPR Standing Group, Democratic Innovations