Summer school


Implementing Citizen Deliberation as a Democratic Practice

Turku Åbo, Finland 27 – 29 June 2018

Poster (PDF)

Finnish Centre for Democracy Research at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University is hosting the third deliberative democracy summer school. The summer school is held in collaboration with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.

The three day summer school focuses on implementation of citizen deliberation as a democratic practice in relation to representative and direct democracy. The summer school program consists of three keynote lectures, methods sessions and paper workshops, where participants will have the opportunity to present their research and receive valuable feedback from the speakers and other participants. The three keynote lectures are open to public. No registration required.



The venue for the summer school will be Axelia II -building at Åbo Akademi University. Address: Piispankatu 8. Turku Finland.



Full program (PDF)


Tuesday 26 June

15:00 – 17:00 Registration


Wednesday 27 June

Theme of the day: Citizen Deliberation and Representative Democracy

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee

09:30 – 11:00 Keynote I: David Farrell (University College Dublin): “The Irish experience of mixing representative and deliberative democracy”

11:15 – 12:45 Paper session I

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Paper session II

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Methods session I: Kaisa Herne (University of Tampere): “Experiments”


Thursday 28 June

Theme of the day: Citizen Deliberation and Direct Democracy

09:30 – 11:00 Keynote II: John Gastil (Penn State University): “How to make direct democracy more deliberative”

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee

11:20 – 12:50 Paper session III

12:50 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Paper session IV

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Methods session II: Peter Söderlund (Åbo Akademi University): “Case studies”

19:00 Welcome drink by the Vice Rector of Åbo Akademi University, Professor Niklas Sandler, Humanisticum

19:30 Summer School dinner, restaurant Hus Lindman


Friday 29 June

Theme of the day: Models for the Future

10:00 – 11:30 Keynote III: John Dryzek (University of Canberra): “Directions in deliberative theory and practice”

11:30 – 11:50 Coffee

11:50 – 13:20 Paper session V

13:20 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 Roundtable: “Reflections on the summer school”


Summer school dinner

The summer school dinner is held at restaurant Hus Lindman. The summer school covers the expenses for all participants.