I am an applied democracy theorist, currently Adjunct Professor of Politics in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra, Australia; and, from 1 January 2019, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.

My research examines the links between the processes of governance broadly conceived and wider public debate and meaning-making. I have written on referendum processes around the world, public participation in policy making in the UK’s National Health Service, deliberative democratic theory and practice, and the requirements for public space in a democracy – check out the Research page for more details, or the Teaching page for details of some of my marvellous PhD students.

My major contribution to democratic theory is one of the two main variants of the ‘deliberative systems’ approach in democratic theory, having instigated and co-edited Deliberative Systems with Jane Mansbridge at Harvard University in 2012.

A New Zealander, born in Wellington, I was raised nomadically in New Zealand, Hong Kong and, briefly, Singapore. I lived and worked in Australia from 2000 to 2003 and again from 2014 to 2018; and in the UK at various times, including 2003-10 when I was Lecturer then Senior Lecturer at the University of York; and 2010-14 when I was Associate and then full Professor of Public Policy at the University of Warwick.

I blog here sporadically, and tweet @profparkinson.

Contact me

Professor John Parkinson
P O Box 3389 | West End | QLD 4101 | Australia

john.parkinson [at] canberra.edu.au
jrp [at] johnrparkinson.net

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