Personal profile

Research interests

  • Citizen engagement in public policy
  • The practice and theory of deliberative democracy
  • Democratic innovation
  • Alternative forms of political participation
  • Environmental politics
  • Interpretive methods of political research


Researcher's projects

  • Realising Democracy Amid Communicative Plenty (Australian Research Council Discovery Project together with Prof John Dryzek, Dr Selen Ercan, A/Prof Paul Fawcett and Dr Michael Jensen): The ever-increasing volume of political communication (especially online) challenges democracy and effective policy making. This project examines whether, how, why, and to what effect discourse flows within and between different deliberative sites in the new politics of communicative plenty. We apply the idea of deliberative democracy, which puts meaningful communication between citizens and policy makers at the heart of effective governance. It develops a deliberative analysis of controversy surrounding coal seam gas in Australia, using qualitative and ‘big data techniques to collect information.

  • Understanding how, and to what effect deliberative forms of public engagement connect to institutions of representative democracy: I have been undertaking a series of empirical projects examining how participatory forms of public engagement work alongside the norms, actors and structures of representative democracy. One project specifically looks at connections between mini-publics and legislative committees.

  • Democratic Innovation in the Mainstream: Exploring ways to innovate in conventional spaces of citizen engagement and politics more broadly



B.E. (Environmental) (1st Class Hons, UNSW) PhD in Political Science (ANU)

Expertise Areas

  • Environment Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Australian Government and Politics
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Environmental Politics
  • Political Theory and Political Philosophy


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