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Deepening Citizen Engagement

We are developing innovative ways of connecting the voices of ordinary citizens to political decision-making through participatory and deliberative approaches to citizen engagement.

Research Leads

Adele Webb
Adele Webb

Research Fellow

Nicole Curato
Nicole Curato

Professor

Projects and grants

Connecting To Parliament

Connecting To Parliament

Investigator(s):

John Dryzek, Selen Ercan, Nick Vlahos, Hans Asenbaum, Jon Kingzette, Amy Lee, William Minozzi, Michael Neblo, Ryan Kennedy, Andrew Leigh, Nick Terrell

Global Citizen Deliberation: Analysing a Deliberative Documentary

Global Citizen Deliberation: Analysing a Deliberative Documentary

Investigator(s):

John S. Dryzek, Simon Niemeyer, Nicole Curato

Sparking a National Conversation

Sparking a National Conversation

Investigator(s):

John Parkinson (Chief Investigator) and Núria Franco-Guillén (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith University)

Creating And Analysing A Citizens' Parliament: Exploring The Public's Deliberative Capacity

Creating And Analysing A Citizens' Parliament: Exploring The Public's Deliberative Capacity

Investigator(s):

John Dryzek, Lyn Carson, Simon Niemeyer, Janette Hartz-Karp, Ian Marsh, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, Luisa Batalha, Nicole Curato

Genome Editing: Formulating an Australian Community Response

Genome Editing: Formulating an Australian Community Response

Investigator(s):

John S. Dryzek

Monitoring Deliberative Integrity in Australia

Monitoring Deliberative Integrity in Australia

Investigator(s):

Nicole Curato, Selen A. Ercan, John Dryzek and Simon Niemeyer

Deliberation in Schools

Deliberation in Schools

Investigator(s):

Pierrick Chalaye and Kei Nishiyama, together with the Centre’s Associate Wendy Russel

Key publications

Deliberative Minipublics: Core Design Features

Curato, N., Farrell D., Geißel, B., Grönlund, K., Mockler, P., Renwick, A., Rose, J., Setälä, M. and Suiter, J.

2021

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Bristol Policy Press

 Deliberative Minipublics: Core Design Features

Assessing the poor’s deliberative agency in media-saturated societies

Nicole Curato

2020

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Assessing the poor’s deliberative agency in media-saturated societies

Impact Story

Connected to Parliament shaped Andrew Leigh MP’s conscience vote on mitochondrial donation.

In September 2020, our Centre organised one face-to-face and one online townhall with the Federal MP, Andrew Leigh on the issue of mitochondrial donation. This was the inaugural online and in-person townhall for our Connecting to Parliament project, which engaged with the constituents of Fenner in Canberra’s northern and western suburbs. Andrew Leigh MP declared that his conscience vote on mitochondrial donation will be guided by the conversations that unfolded in these townhalls.

Speaking on 2CC Canberra on 30 September that year. When asked if he found the process useful, he responded:

"Incredibly useful. We're working with folks at Ohio State University and the University of Canberra, who are among the best in the world of deliberative democracy. I was struck not only by their expertise, but also the expertise of people in the room. I learned an awful lot about genetic disorders and about ethics just from listening to people who were there. So I'm reminded again and again what a privilege it is to represent the Canberra northside in the federal parliament. A lot of very smart and very wise people, and that really comes out in a deliberative democracy event."

To find out more visit: https://connect2parliament.com/ or

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