Nick Vlahos

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nick Vlahos is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He holds a PhD in political science from York University, Canada, with specialization on the interconnection between political economy, decentralization and democratization. Nick is interested in both participatory and deliberative democracy, particularly how public decision-making can mitigate inequality. Nick has conducted participatory qualitative research, written academic and public facing material as well as public sector reports, given presentations to various audiences, has several years of being a tutorial instructor for undergraduate students, held public sector project management roles, worked closely with and part of community associations, and has facilitated multiple conversations with a variety of public, political and private stakeholders.


Prior to the role at the University of Canberra, Nick worked in the public sector in Canada, in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and the Civic Innovation Office in Toronto. These roles entailed working closely with residents in local decision-making processes.



  • Co-editor, Special Issue on Democratising the Economy, Democratic Theory Journal, 2022/23.

  • Examiner, Confirmation Seminar, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, May 10, 2022.

  • Coordination Working Group Member, Democracy R&D, 2020-Present.

  • Working Group on Academic Workloads Member, University of Canberra, 2021-Present.

  • Reviewer, Journal of Deliberative Democracy, 2022.

  • Reviewer, Journal of Public Opinion Research, 2022.

  • Reviewer, Australian Research Council, 2021.

  • Reviewer, European Journal for Political Research, 2021.

  • Reviewer, Springer Nature, 2020.



  1. ECPR Joint Sessions, University of Edinburgh, Apr. 19-22 (2022): “Innovations in Participatory Governance and the (De)commodification of Social Wellbeing.”

  2. Political Studies Association Conference, University of York, Apr. 11-13 (2022): “Deliberative Systems, Political Economy, and the Spatial Division of Labour.”

  3. Political Studies Association Conference, Queen’s University, Mar. 29 (2021): “From Elected to Connected: Making Recursive Representation Work.”

  4. Parliamentary Engagement Workshop, University of Canberra, Mar. 26 (2021): “Connecting to Parliament: Preliminary Findings.”

  5. Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Seminar Series, Sept. 8 (2020): “Triaging and the Deliberative System in Toronto.”

Key Publications


  • Vlahos, N. 2022. “Democratic Restructuring and the Triaging Functions of an Urban Deliberative System.” Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Working Paper Series.

  • Vlahos, N. 2021. “Bringing Democracy Down to Scale: Subnational Democratic Struggle in Britain.” Studies in Political Economy 102 (2): 140-160.

  • Vlahos, N. 2020. The Political Economy of Devolution in Britain from the Postwar Era to Brexit. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Vlahos, N. 2016. “A Civic Senate for a New Era.” Queen’s Policy Review 7 (7).

  • Vlahos, N. 2013. “The Politics of Subnational Decentralization in France, Brazil, and Italy.” Journal of Public Deliberation 9 (2).

Research Grants/Projects


  • Co-Investigator, Monitoring Deliberative Integrity in Australia (2021-2023). Funded by the Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative. (AU$ 202,156).

  • Co-Investigator, Connecting to Parliament. 2020-Present.

  • Collaborator. Participedia. 2020-Present.



  • Unit Development, Co-Creation & Deliberative Engagement. 2022.

  • Co-Convenor, Investigating and Explaining Society. 2021.

  • Tutor, Investigating and Explaining Society. 2020/2021.

  • Tutor, Canadian Democracy in a North American Context.

  • Tutor, Canadian Social Problems.

  • Tutor, Introduction to the Democratic Experience.

Public Sector/Practitioner Roles


  • Facilitator (Contractual). Metrolinx: Standing Reference Panel, MassLBP, 2019.

  • Design Researcher and Project Associate, Civic Innovation Office, City of Toronto, 2018-2019.

  • Community Economic Development and Engagement Facilitator, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, 2016-2018.

  • Education and Outreach Facilitator, Participatory Budgeting Ward 2, Hamilton, ON. 2015.

  • Facilitator, The People’s Platform. Hamilton, ON 2014.

Public Engagement 


  1. “Investing in the Commons? Loosely Coordinated Action in a Rigged Financial System.” Agora (2021).

  2. “Prioritizing Opportunities to Enhance Civic Engagement.” Medium (2019).

  3.  “Inclusive Civic Engagement in Focus.” Medium (2018).

  4. “The Changing Rules of Civic Engagement.” Huffington Post (2016).

  5. “If Referendum Decides Electoral Reform, it Must be Done Right.” Huffington Post (2016).

  6. “Integrating the Politics of Scale with Systemic Deliberative Democratization.” IAPSS (2016).

  7. “Deliberative Democracy at the Federal Level in Canada.” IAPSS (2015).

  8.  “Canada’s 2015 Federal Election: Parliamentary Reform and the People’s Platform.” IAPSS (2015).

  9.  “Beyond the Ballot.” The Samara Blog (2015).