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I am a Professor of Political Science and Director at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra.
My work sits at the intersection of normative theory and empirical research, and examines public deliberation in various settings ranging from structured forums to the wider public sphere in contemporary multicultural societies. My research seeks to understand and address the current problems of democracy from a deliberative perspective, while at the same time advancing this perspective into new directions.
Currently, I am leading a multi-institutional research project, Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks (funded by Australian Research Council, 2021-24). This project draws on the insights from deliberative democracy and cultural sociology to analyse the public sphere responses to extremist attacks in six different democracies including Australia, Britain, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, and USA. It aims to explain why some democracies prove fragile, succumbing to polarisation in the face of violent extremism, while others prove resilient and sustain an integrative discourse.
I have published over 50 articles and book chapters on deliberative democracy, contentious politics, multiculturalism, and interpretive/qualitative research methods. My publications have appeared in leading journals including: International Political Science Review, Policy and Politics, Political Studies, Environmental Politics, and Social Movement Studies. Two of my articles won the best paper prize of the journal, Policy and Politics in 2018 and 2020.
I have received research grants and fellowships from, among others, Australian Research Council (multiple grants), New South Wales Government, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Australian National University, Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada).
I have held research positions at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (Germany), Australian National University (Australia); as well as visiting research/teaching fellowships in the Political Science programs of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), Nagoya University (Japan) and Stuttgart University (Germany).
I received my PhD in Political Science from Australian National University (thesis supervisor: Prof John Dryzek), my MA in Political Science/Political Theory and Sociology from University of Heidelberg (thesis supervisor: Prof Wolfgang Merkel) and my BA in Political Science from Middle East Techinical Univeristy.
I speak English, German and Turkish.
Books/ Journal Special Issues
1. Ercan, Selen A., Asenbaum, Hans, Curato, Nicole and Ricardo F. Mendonça (eds) (2022) Research Methods in Deliberative Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.(Open access)
2. Hendriks, C., Ercan, S.A. and John Boswell (2020) Mending Democracy: Democratic Repair in Disconnected Times. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Featured/ reviewed in: Critical Policy Studies (Forum on Mending Democracy, 2022), European Journal of Political Theory (Book Review, 2021),Democracy Paradox (Podcast with Justin Kempf 2020), Policy Forum of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society (2020), Democracy Sausage (Podcast with Mark Kenny 2020).
3. Elstub, Stephen, Ercan, Selen A. and Ricardo.F. Mendonça (eds) 2015. Deliberative Sytems in Theory and Practice. Critical Policy Studies (double symposium issue).
4. Ercan, Selen A. and Dryzek, John (eds) (2015) The Sites of Deliberative Democracy. Policy Studies.
5. Ercan, Selen A. and Gagnon, Jean Paul (eds) (2014) The Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy? Democratic Theory.
1. Ercan, Selen A., Asenbaum, Hans and Ricardo F. Mendonça (forthcoming) Performing democracy: Nonverbal protest through a democratic lens. Performance Research.
2. Ercan, Selen A. and Hendriks, Carolyn (2022) Performing democracy through local protests: the case of Knitting Nannas against Gas. In: D. Vancic and M. Qvortrup (eds.) Complementary Democracy. The Art of Deliberative Listening. DeGruyter, pp. 171-190.
3. Scudder, Molly, Ercan, Selen A., and McCallum, Kerry (2021) Institutional listening in deliberative democracy. Towards a deliberative logic of transmission. Politics (online first)
4. Mendonça, Ricardo F., Ercan, Selen.A. and Hans Asenbaum (2020) More than words: A multidimensional approach to deliberative democracy. Political Studies (online first)
5. Ercan, Selen A., Hendriks, Carolyn, and John Dryzek (2019) Public deliberation in an era of communicative plenty. Policy and Politics, 47(1):19-36. (Recepient of Ken Young Best Paper Award)
6. Ransan-Cooper, Hedda, Ercan, Selen A. and Sonya Duus (2018) When anger meets joy: How emotions mobilise and sustain the anti-coal seam gas movement in regional Australia. Social Movement Studies, 17(6):635-57.
7. Ercan, Selen A. (2017). From polarisation to pluralisation: A deliberative democratic approach to illiberal cultures. International Political Science Review, 38(1):114-27.
8. Ercan, Selen A., Hendriks, Carolyn and John Boswell (2017) Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research. Policy and Politics 45(2): 195-212. (Recipient of Ken Young Best Paper Award)
9. Ercan, Selen A. (2017) Engagaging with extermism in a multicultural society: A deliberative democratic approach. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 12(2):9-21.
10. Curato, Nicole, Dryzek, John, Ercan, Selen A., Hendriks, Carolyn and Simon Niemeyer (2017) Twelve key findings in deliberative democracy research. Deadalus, 28-38 (Open access).
11. Ercan, Selen A. and Dryzek, John (2015) The reach of deliberaitve democracy. Policy Studies 36(3):241-48.
12. Ercan, Selen A. (2015) Creating and sustaining evidence for 'failed multiculturalism' The case of 'honour killing' in Germany. American Behavioral Scientist 59(6): 658-78.
1. Ercan, Selen A., McSwiney, Jordan, Balint, Peter and John Dryzek (2022) Building Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Violent Extremism. Report for Department of Premier and Cabinet, New South Wales, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Program, Australia.
Full list of publications available in GoogleScholar
Current Positions outside of the University of Canberra
- Chair, Participatory Governance Cluster of the global research project, Participedia,Strengthening democracy by mobilizing knowledge of democratic innovations (2020-present).
- Co-Convener, European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group, Theoretical Perspectives to Policy Analysis (2020-present).
- Associate Editor, Democratic Theory. An Interdisciplinary Journal(2014-present).
- Sahana Sehgal, (Primary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Madeleine Egan (Secondary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Anne Jedzini (Secondary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Friedel Marquardt (Secondary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Dianne Phillips (Secondary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Flavia Hanlen (Secondary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Jane Phuong (Advisor, University of Canberra)
- Jane Alver (Primary Supervisor, Univeristy of Canberra)
- Kei Nishiyama (Secondary Supervisor, Univeristy of Canberra)
- Samuel Antero (Secondary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Thaneshwar Bhusal (Advisor, University of Canberra)
- Catherine Clutton (Secondary Supervisor, Australian National University)
- Emma Vines (Secondary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
- Cletius Puteho (Primary Supervisor, University of Canberra)
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
PhD, PhD in Political Science, Australian National University
Master, M.A. in Political Science and Sociology , Heidelberg University
Bachelor, B.A in Political Science and Public Administration , Middle East Technical University
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Negotiating Multiculturalism and Diversity for the Future of Australia
Ayirtman Ercan, S. & Sehgal, S.
26/07/21 → 26/12/24
Monitoring Deliberative Integrity: Standards for Democratic Deliberation
Curato, N., Ayirtman Ercan, S., Dryzek, J. & Niemeyer, S.
15/03/21 → 14/03/24
Learning Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Extremism
Ayirtman Ercan, S., Dryzek, J., Balint, P. & Mcswiney, J.
Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attack
Dryzek, J., Ayirtman Ercan, S., Sass, J., Balint, P., O'Flynn, I., Beausoleil, E. & Felicetti, A.
Participedia Phase Two: Strengthening democracy by mobilizing knowledge of democratic innovations
Ayirtman Ercan, S., Asenbaum, H. & Veri, F.
1/04/21 → 31/03/22
Institutional listening in deliberative democracy: Towards a deliberative logic of transmissionScudder, M. F., Ercan, S. A. & McCallum, K., Feb 2023, In: Politics. 43, 1, p. 38-53 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Qualitative research in political scienceA. Ercan, S. & Vromen, A., 2023, How to Conduct Qualitative Research in Social Science. Liamputtong, P. (ed.). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 115-131 17 p.
Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in Book › Chapter › peer-review
Building Democratic Resilience: Public Sphere Responses to Violent ExtremismA. Ercan, S., Mcswiney, J., Balint, P. & Dryzek, J., 2022, Australia. 48 p.
Research output: Book/Report › ReportsOpen AccessFile294 Downloads (Pure)
Deliberative democracy in the age of serial crisisCurato, N., Sass, J., Ercan, S. A. & Niemeyer, S., Jan 2022, In: International Political Science Review. 43, 1, p. 1-12 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Dramaturgical analysisErcan, S. A. & Hendriks, C. M., 22 Dec 2022, Research Methods in Deliberative Democracy. Ercan, S. A., Asenbaum, H., Curato, N. & Mendonça, R. F. (eds.). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, p. 321-332 12 p.
Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in Book › Chapter › peer-reviewOpen Access