Project Team

John Dryzek

John S. Dryzek is the founder of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He holds the prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship for his work on environmental politics, global justice, and cultural variety Jin deliberative practice. He is the author of more than fifteen books on deliberative democracy and environmental politics and a fellow at the Academy of Sciences in Australia. Before moving to the University of Canberra, he was the head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon, University of Melbourne and the Social and Political Theory Program at the Australian National University.

Nick Vlahos

Nick Vlahos is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He is author of The Political Economy of Devolution in Britain from the Postwar Era to Brexit. Nick’s specialization is on the interconnection between political economy, decentralization, and deliberative democratization. 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.

Selen Ercan

Selen A. Ercan is an Associate Professor of Politics at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Her work sits at the intersection of normative democratic theory and empirical political research and examines a wide range of topics including the politics of inclusion and exclusion in multicultural societies, the prospects for public deliberation in the face of value conflicts and polarised public debates. Selen’s current research examines the ways in which deliberative democracy can respond to the crisis of democracy and inform the democratic reform initiatives. This research forms a part of her forthcoming book Mending Democracy. Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times (Oxford University Press, with Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell). Selen is also one of the editors of Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice (2018, Routledge), The Sites of Deliberative Democracy (2015, Policy Studies) and The Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy? (2014, Democratic Theory).

Hans Asenbaum

Hans Asenbaum is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. 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.

Michael Neblo

Michael Neblo is Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Philosophy, Communication, & Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA) at The Ohio State University. Neblo’s research focuses on deliberative democracy and political psychology. His most recent book, Politics with the People: Building a Directly Representative Democracy(with Kevin Esterling and David Lazer; Cambridge University Press, 2018), develops and tests a new model of politics connecting citizens and elected officials to improve representative government. He was invited to testify before the U.S. Congress about these findings. His first book, Deliberative Democracy between Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2015), cuts across the deadlock between supporters of deliberative theory and their empirical critics by focusing on the core goals of the larger deliberative political system.

John Kingzette

Jon is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Ohio State University. His research focuses on political psychology, public opinion, and democratic theory. In his first project, he studied affective polarization in the United States, re-examining its causes and consequences as they relate to the functioning of democracy. In ongoing research, he is studying the effects of social expectations on political action, showing how the intrinsic desire to garner approval from others—and especially people who share social identities—influences a wide range of political behaviors. 

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the ‘Young Economist Award’. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018), Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019) and Reconnected: A Community Builder’s Handbook (with Nick Terrell) (2020). 

Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Senator Don Henderson Chair in theDepartment of Political Science at the University of Houston. His research is in areas of democracy and technology. His previous work has been published in Science, the American Political ScienceReview, and the Journal of Politics, among others.

Nardine Alnemr

Nardine Alnemr is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra. She researches the interaction of algorithms in online communication with deliberative democracy. Her research interest also includes internet governance and digital rights.