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Dr Selen Ercan is an Associate Professor of Politics at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance/Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. Her work sits at the intersection of normative democratic theory and empirical political research, and examines a wide range of topics including the politics of inclusion/exclusion in multicultural societies, the prospects for public deliberation in the face of value conflicts and polarised public debates, and the potential of new forms of political participation and protest movements in reviving democratic practice.

Selen’s publications on these topics have appeared in various journals including International Political Science Review, Policy and Politics, Australian Journal of Political Science, Environmental Politics, Social Movement Studies, and Critical Policy Studies. Her article on deliberative democracy and interpretive research titled “Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research” won the Ken Young Journal Prize for the best paper published in Policy and Politics in 2017 (together with Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell).

Selen’s current research examines the ways in which deliberative democracy can respond to the challenges facing contemporary democracies and inform the democratic reform initiatives. This research forms a part of her forthcoming book “Connected Democracy: Public Deliberation in Disconnected Times” (under contract with Oxford University Press, with Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell). Selen is also one of the editors of the book Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice (2018, Routledge, with Stephen Elstub and Ricardo Mendonca) and several journal special issues including The Sites of Deliberative Democracy (2015, Policy Studies, with John Dryzek) and The Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy? (2014, Democratic Theory, with Jean-Paul Gagnon).

Selen holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Middle East Technical University (Turkey), a M.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University. She has held research positions at the University of Mannheim (MZES) and Australian National University as well as visiting research and teaching positions in the political science programs of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil, 2014), Nagoya University (Japan, 2015) and Stuttgart University (Germany, 2017).

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Projects 2015 2018

Research Output 2011 2018

Listening in polarised controversies: a study of listening practices in the public sphere

Hendriks, C. M., Ercan, S. A. & Duus, S., 13 Dec 2018, In : Policy Sciences. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

policy making
coal seam
4 Citations (Scopus)

Public deliberation in an era of communicative plenty

ERCAN, S., HENDRIKS, C. M. & DRYZEK, J., 9 Mar 2018, In : Policy & Politics. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

collective decision
deliberative democracy
3 Citations (Scopus)

When anger meets joy: how emotions mobilise and sustain the anti-coal seam gas movement in regional Australia

RANSAN-COOPER, H., ERCAN, S. & DUUS, S., 2 Nov 2018, In : Social Movement Studies. 17, 6, p. 635-657 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

multicultural society
deliberative democracy
5 Citations (Scopus)
deliberative democracy
multicultural society