The Team

The Deliberative Integrity Project is based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Learn more about the Centre here

Nicole Curato

Project leader

Nicole Curato is a Professor at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Her work examines how democratic deliberation can unfold in the aftermath of tragedies, including disasters, armed conflict and urban crime. She is the author of the prize-winning book Democracy in a Time of Misery (2019, Oxford University Press), Deliberative Mini-Publics: Core Design Features (2020, Policy Press), and the former editor of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy.

Lucy J. Parry

Senior Research associate

Lucy J Parry’s work spans deliberative democracy in theory and practice. She has been involved in the organisation of deliberative processes in practice as well as her research on deliberative systems and democratic innovations. She is a co-editor at the Journal of Deliberative Democracy with special responsibility for the Deliberative Democracy Digest.

John S. Dryzek


John S. Dryzek is the co-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 in 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.

Selen Ercan


Selen Ercan is a Professor at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. She is specializing in the ways in which deliberative democracy can respond to the crisis of democracy and inform the democratic reform initiatives. She is the author of the book Mending Democracy. Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times (Oxford University Press, with Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell) and one of the editors of Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice (2018, Routledge).

Anne Jedzini

PhD student

Anne Jedzini is working on a PhD project on deliberative power-sharing in Australia. She is the former Vice Mayor of the City of Aarhus in Denmark (2014-2018), where she served on two citizen deliberation task committees: The Civic Citizen Committee and the Committee for Volunteering and Cocreation. She has facilitated a number of public deliberations herself, including one on entrepreneurs’ working conditions was accepted into the ‘Aarhus Business Plan 2018-2019’.

Friedel Marquardt

Research assistant

Friedel Marquardt is researching how indicators of deliberative integrity are operationalized in Participedia. She is a PhD student at the Faculty of Business, Government & Law at the University of Canberra specializing on how social media enables marginalized groups to write their own narratives.

Simon Niemeyer


Simon Niemeyer is the co-founder and Director of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He has designed, implemented and assessed over twenty deliberative forums in the past ten years on a range of topics—from biobanking in British Columbia to climate change in the Australian Capital Territory to begging in Uppsala. His work has been published in top academic journals including The American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Science, Science and Nature.

Nick Vlahos


Nick Vlahos holds a PhD in political science from York University, Canada, with specialization on the interconnection between political economy, decentralization and democratization. Nick is one of the project leaders of Connecting to Parliament and is developing a Masters in Public Policy Unit on Co-Design and Deliberative Engagement. 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.

Lisa van Dijk


Lisa van Dijk is a PhD student at the KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research focuses on what citizens think about deliberative processes and their how their use can address deficits in citizens’ democratic legitimacy perceptions.