Hans Asenbaum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Dr Hans Asenbaum is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. His research interests include identity and inclusion in new participatory spaces, digital politics, and theories of deliberative, participatory and radical democracy. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Politics & Gender, the European Journal of Social Theory, and Political Studies. Hans is Co-convener of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association in the UK.

After defending his thesis at the University of Westminster, he held a position as Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. He has been invited for research visits and public lectures in Germany, Brazil, and Australia and received several grants and scholarships.


  1. Co-convenor, Investigating and Explaining Society, 2021.

  2. Tutor, Investigating and Explaining Society, 2020.


  1. Working Paper Series Editor, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, 2021-present

  2. Seminar Series, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, 2021-present

Research Grants/Projects


  • Collaborator. Participedia. 2020-Present.

Key Publications

  • Asenbaum, H. (2022, forthcoming). The Politics of Becoming: Anonymity and Democracy in the Digital Age, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

  • Rethinking Democratic Innovations: A Look Through the Kaleidoscope of Democratic Theory, Political Studies Review, 0(0), 1–11.

  • Asenbaum, H. (2021). Rethinking Digital Democracy: From the Disembodied Discursive Self to New Materialist Corporealities. Communication Theory, 31(3), 360–379.

  • Mendonça, R. F., Ercan, S. A., & Asenbaum, H. (2020). More than Words: A Multidimensional Approach to Deliberative Democracy. Political Studies, 0(0), 1–20.

  • Asenbaum, H. (2018). Anonymity and Democracy: Absence as Presence in the Public Sphere. American Political Science Review, 112(3), 459–472.

Full list of publications available in GoogleScholar.

Scholarships and Prizes

  1. Visiting Fellowship at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2022.

  2. Visiting Fellowship at the Technical University Berlin, 2019.

  3. Visiting Fellowship at the Finnish Centre for Democracy Research, 2018.

  4. Globally Engaged Scholarship, University of Westminster, 2018.

  5. Best Paper Award of the ECPR Standing Group on Democratic Innovations, 2017.

Public Engagement 

  1. Founder of the Democratic Theorizing Project, 2021.

  2. Expert speaker at the workshop “The Future of Public Engagement” organized by Futurium Berlin, 2021.