Summer school


Implementing Citizen Deliberation as a Democratic Practice

Turku Åbo, Finland 27 – 29 June 2018

Call for papers (PDF)

Finnish Centre for Democracy Research at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University has the pleasure to announce the third deliberative democracy summer school and invites postgraduate students and early career researchers to take part. 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.

There is no registration fee but the participants have to pay their own travel and accommodation. However, both international and domestic applicants have the opportunity to apply for travel grants. The summer school covers all meals listed in the program. Accepted participants will have the possibility to book a hotel room via a group reservation that has been made by the summer school. Prices vary between 49€ and 167€

Please fill in the application form to apply: Deadline for applications is March 9. Applicants will be informed about the decisions regarding successful applications on March 23 at the latest.

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Wednesday 27 June

Theme of the day: Citizen Deliberation and Representative Democracy

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee

09:30 – 11:00 Lecture by 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: Experiments, Kaisa Herne (University of Tampere)


Thursday 28 June

Theme of the day: Citizen Deliberation and Direct Democracy

09:30 – 11:00 Lecture by 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: Case studies, Peter Söderlund (Åbo Akademi University)

19:30 Summer School dinner


Friday 29 June

Theme of the day: Models for the Future

10:00 – 11:30 Lecture by 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 – 16:00 Roundtable: Reflections on the lessons of 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.



The summer school offer several accommodation possibilities for the participants, which are all available between June 26 and June 30. However, the number of rooms in each option is limited.

Bed and Breakfast Tuure

Single room (€49 per night), Double room for two persons (€65 per night total)

An affordable hostel located in the Turku city centre, about 15 minutes by foot from the universities. Shared showers/toilets; wifi, air conditioning and breakfast included.

Hotel Helmi

Single room (€79 per night)

Located at the Turku city centre, about 15 minutes by foot from the universities. All rooms are equipped with toilet, shower, TV, hairdryer, mini-fridge and an Internet connection. Breakfast included.

Hotel Scandic Julia

Standard room for up to two people

Located at the Turku city centre, about 15 minutes by foot from the universities. Breakfast included.