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Carolyn Hendriks

Associate Professor, Public Policy and Governance


B.E. (Environmental) (1st Class Hons, UNSW) PhD in Political Science (ANU)

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Carolyn M. Hendriks is an Associate Professor with a background in both political science and environmental engineering. Her work examines democratic aspects of contemporary governance, including participation, deliberation, inclusion and representation. She has taught and published widely on the application and politics of inclusive and deliberative forms of citizen engagement. She has led numerous empirical projects in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands on the role of interests, power, networks, markets and elites in participatory modes of governing. Carolyn’s recent publications consider pathways for strengthening public deliberation and citizen engagement in mainstream spaces of representative democracy, such as legislative committees and constituency service.

During 2019-2020 Carolyn is a Senior Visiting Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University. During her fellowship she is working on a new project examining the democratic work undertaken by grass roots initiatives that self-organise to solve public problems, such as civic enterprises, cooperatives and self-help groups.

Carolyn is also an appointed member of newDemocracy Foundation’s Research Committee and sits on the editorial board of several international journals, including the European Journal of Political Research.

Carolyn is the author of three books, including Democratic Mending: democratic repair in disconnected times (with Ercan & Boswell, Oxford University Press, 2020, Oct), The Politics of Public Deliberation (Palgrave, 2011), Environmental Decision Making: Exploring Complexity and Context (with Harding and Faruqi, Federation Press 2009), over 30 scholarly journal articles, and numerous book chapters. Her research outputs have won awards including:

  • the Ken Young Journal Prize for the best paper published in Policy & Politics in 2019 (together with co-authors Selen Ercan and John Dryzek)

  • the Mayer Journal Prize for best paper in published in 2017 in the Australian Journal of Political Science

  • the Ken Young Journal Prize for the best paper published in Policy & Politics in 2017 (together with co-authors Selen Ercan and John Boswell)

  • the Harold D. Lasswell Journal Prize for best article in Policy Sciences for 2005.

For more, visit Carolyn’s Google Scholar page.

Research Interests

  • Citizen engagement in contemporary governance
  • Citizen-led collective problem solving
  • Democratic repair, renewal and innovation
  • The practice and theory of deliberative democracy
  • Alternative forms of political participation
  • Environmental politics and governance
  • Interpretive methods of political research


Carolyn teaches graduate courses in ANU’s Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration. In the class room she adopts innovative and student-centred approaches to teaching and learning. In 2017 Carolyn was awarded the ANU’s College of Asia Pacific Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Currently, Carolyn is convening two new courses:

1) POGO8403: Cases in Contemporary Public Policy. This is a large (100+) compulsory graduate course on governing under conditions of crisis, complexity, and risk. Carolyn teaches this in an intensive mode using the case method.

2) POGO8136: Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk. This is an elective graduate course that focuses on ‘public’ aspects of public policy. Through applied examples and case studies, students explore how citizens seek voice and influence in public policy, and critically examine different approaches to participatory policy making.

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