I am Professor of Politics at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia. I hold joint appointments in the School of Government and International Relations, the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, and the Griffith Asia Institute.


I specialise in applied democratic theory, covering things ilke deliberative democracy and democratic innovation; public participation in policy making; and the narrative, performative aspects of policy and politics. I've written on deliberative experiments in the UK National Health Service, referendums around the world, symbolic representation in capital cities and much more.


I am also one of the convenors of the UK Political Studies Association's Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group. The group runs numerous events throughout the year, as well as coordinating conference panels at both the PSA and, through our friends in the Democratic Innovations Group, the European Consortium for Political Research. Check us out!


You can find out more about my work by clicking the research tab above, which has links to papers, books and ideas, some of which are freely downloadable.


If you are a research student, or thinking of doing a research degree on any of these issues, I am always keen to hear from you.


Contact me at john [at] johnrparkinson.net

Professor John Parkinson

Centre for Governance and Public Policy

Griffith University

Nathan, QLD 4111


Phone: +61 7 3735 7220

twitter: @profparkinson











News & views


Recent blog posts
Click on the Boggler Blog tab above , or check out my more layman's blog:


Deliberative Systems out now
Deliberative Systems, a book I edited with Jane Mansbridge, is out now with Cambridge University Press. Details are on the Research page.


Public Space now available
Democracy and Public Space was published by Oxford University Press in January 2013. Details on the Research page.


Research impact and teaching
How the current impact agenda is missing one of the most important channels of influence, a post on the LSE's Impact of Social Science Blog.








John R Parkinson