Conferences and Events

NEW Events


72nd PSA Annual Conference , 10-13 April 2022. More info on the PDD group’s call for panels and papers here.


Beyond Liberal Democracy: African & Western Perspectives in Dialogue, 13th October and 27th October, 3 pm UK time. Find out more and register here

Book launch, Dannica Fleuß presents her book “Radical Proceduralism” in conversation with Sonia Bussu and John Parkinson. Chaired by Marta Wojciechowska, 23rd September 2021, 3pm UK time. Find out more

Book launch, John Dryzek and Ana Tanasoca’s Democratizing Global Justice: Deliberating Global Goals, 8th July 2021, 10am. Find out more

Book Launch, Stephen Coleman’s How People Talk about Politics: Brexit and Beyond, 10 May 2021, 3pm. Find out more

PDD section at the PSA Annual International Virtual Conference: Resilience. Expertise. Hope, 29-31 March 2021, Belfast. Check out the the full PDD programme here Find out more.

Book Launch, Michael Saward’s Democratic Design, 23 March 2020, 3pm. Find out more

Book Launch, Graham Smith’s Can Democracy Safeguard the Future? 5 March 2020, 3pm. Find out more



Democracy Rebooted: Classic Concepts for Contemporary Times, webinar series. Find out more.

PDD Webinar Series, the recordings of the six webinars are available here.

International Conference of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group: Democratic Transformation: Spaces, Connections, and Systemic Change, Dublin City University, 4-5 June 2020. CANCELLED! Find out more.


PDD section at the PSA 69th Annual International Conference: (Un)Sustainable Politics in a Changing World, 15-17 April 2019, Nottingham Trent University. Find out more.


Book Launch: Rethinking Civic Participation in Democratic Theory and Practice by Rod Dacombe, November 5, 2018, 6:15 PM, King’s College, London. Find out more.

International Conference of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group in partnership with Participedia: Participatory Spaces in Perspective, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, 5-7 September 2018, with Carole Pateman, Michael Saward and Graham Smith. Find out more.

PSA 68th Annual International Conference: Politics of Our Times: Asking the Difficult Questions, 26-18 March 2018, Cardiff City Hall with four panels of PDD. Find out more.


Democracy in a Post-Truth Age. Find out more.


Australian Political Studies Association annual conference 2015 — three panels announced, and the call for papers is here; revised deadline for applications is 23 March 2015.

Political Studies Association annual conference 2015. The full conference schedule is available here; you can find a list of PDD-sponsored panels here, featuring John Gastil from Pennsylvania State University, and a plenary lecture from John Dryzek. The call for papers from PDD Group members is here.

Developments in Deliberative Democracy Workshop at the University of Westminster with John Dryzek and John Gastil, 28 March 2015.  Details here. This event is jointly hosted by the PDD Specialist Group, the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Westminster, and the Centre for Citizenship, Globalisation and Governance (C2G2) at Southampton University.


Scotland deliberates“, a PDD Group Google Hangout panel discussion with Pennie Taylor (journalist), Alistair Stoddart (Democratic Society), Andrew Thompson (University of Edinburgh), Paul Cairney (Stirling University).
Thursday 11 September 2014. View on You Tube

Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group Conference, Scaling and Innovation: Contemporary Difficulties and Future Prospects for Participatory and Deliberative Democracy, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, 7-9th July 2014


ECPR General Conference – esp. Section on “Democratic Innovations” – at Sciences Po, Bourdeaux, Domaine Universitaire, 4 – 7 September 2013

Political Studies Association Annual Conference – ‘The Party’s Over?’ – at City Hall, Cardiff from 25-27 March 2013

Participatory and Deliberative Specialist Group Seminar – ‘Review of the Icelandic National Assemblies’ – at the University of the West of Scotland, 27th February, 2013


Conference  – ‘Civil Society and Democracy’, organised by the Austrian Research Association in Vienna from 9-10 November 2012

Workshop – ‘The Lottery as a Democratic Institution‘ – at Trinity College, Dublin, 11-12 October 2012

World Forum for Democracy- Bridging the Gap. Democracy: Between Old Forms and New Realities, Strasbourg, 5-11 October 2012

Conference of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group- Deepening Democracy: Participation, Deliberation or Both? An encounter between two fields of thinking beyond representative democracy, 12-14 September 2012, International Centre for Participation Studies at Bradford University.

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques – 27th July – 10th August, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). The European Consortium for Political Research will be running its 7th Summer School for Social Science students and researchers. There will be two courses focusing on participatory and deliberative research methods, on ‘deliberative polling and the empirics of deliberation‘, led by Prof. Robert Luskin from the University of Texas at Austin, and on ‘participatory and deliberative methods: from data collection to data analysis‘, led by Dr. Min Reuchamps of the University of Liège

7th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis- Understanding the Drama of Democracy. Policy Work, Power and Transformation, 5-7 July 2012, Tilburg University (Netherlands). Panel by members of the PDD group: Participation professionals: a research/practice conversation on the policy work of public engagement practitioners

Conference at Durham University- ‘Tipping Points’ and the Spread of Buzzwords, Labels and Ideas, 2-3 July 2012, Durham University. Read the Tipping Points Report

Workshop at the University of Westminster ‘Creating Publics, Creating Democracies’, 18th – 19th June 2012, collaboratively organised by The Publics Research Programme at The Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at The Open University; the Centre for Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths College, University of London; and the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster.

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