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John Dryzek is Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Centenary Professor in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. Before moving to the University of Canberra he was Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, former Head of the Departments of Political Science at the Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and of the Social and Political Theory program at ANU, and former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science.

Working in both political theory and empirical social science, he is best known for his contributions in the areas of democratic theory and practice and environmental politics. One of the instigators of the 'deliberative turn' in democratic theory, he has published five books in this area with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Polity Press. His work in environmental politics ranges from green political philosophy to studies of environmental discourses and movements to global climate governance, and he has published five books in this area with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Basil Blackwell.

He has also worked on comparative studies of democratization, post-positivist public policy analysis, and the history and philosophy of social science. His current research, funded by the Laureate Fellowship, emphasizes global justice, governance in the Anthropocene (an emerging epoch of instability in the Earth system), and cultural variety in deliberative practice.

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Award Date: 1 Sep 1980

External positions

Australian research Council Laureate Fellow

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Genome Editing: Formulating an Australian Community Response

Niemeyer, S., Dryzek, J., Nicol, D. & Critchley, C. R.


Project: Research

ACT Government Deliberative Engagement Strategy

Niemeyer, S., Dryzek, J. & Darling, V.


Project: Other

Understanding and evaluating deliberative systems

Dryzek, J. & ERCAN, S.


Project: Other

Realising Democracy Amid Communicative Plenty: A Deliberative Approach

Dryzek, J., Ercan, S., Fawcett, P., Hendriks, C. & Jensen, M.


Project: Other

Research Output

Deliberative democracy and climate governance

Dryzek, J. S. & Niemeyer, S., May 2019, In : Nature Human Behaviour. 3, p. 411–413 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Democracy in the Anthropocene

    Hammond, M., Dryzek, J. & Pickering, J., 21 Nov 2019, In : Contemporary Political Theory. 19, p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Improving political deliberation: Response

    Bächtiger, A. & Dryzek, J., 17 May 2019, In : Science. 364, 6441, p. 643-643 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    New directions in earth system governance research

    Burch, S., Gupta, A., Inoue, C. Y. A., Kalfagianni, A., Persson, Å., Gerlak, A. K., Ishii, A., Patterson, J. J., PICKERING, J., Scobie, M., Heijden, J. V. D., Vervoort, J., Adler, C., Bloomfield, M., Djalante, R., DRYZEK, J., Galaz, V., Gordon, C., Harmon, R., Jinnah, S. & 6 others, Kim, R. E., Olsson, L., Leeuwen, J. V., Ramasar, V., Wapner, P. & Zondervan, R., Jan 2019, In : Earth System Governance. 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Psychological Mechanisms of Deliberative Transformation: The Role of Group Identity

    Batalha, L., NIEMEYER, S., DRYZEK, J. & Gastil, J., 2019, In : Journal of Public Deliberation. 15, 1, p. 1-20 20 p., 2.

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    Open Access
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