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Carolyn Hendriks

Professor of Public Policy and Governance


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

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Carolyn M. Hendriks is a Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy with a background in political science and environmental engineering. She has published widely on the democratic aspects of contemporary governance, including participation, public deliberation, inclusion and representation.

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). She has also authored over 30 journal articles, a number of which have won international prizes.

Over the past twenty years Carolyn has led numerous interpretive research projects in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands on how citizens, activists and elites experience participatory, deliberative and networked modes of governing. She has also undertaken research on how politicians engage with citizens, for example through their executive roles, legislative committees and constituency service. Carolyn’s more recent research considers how citizens themselves are seeking to transform dysfunctional democratic and governance institutions.

During 2019-2020 Carolyn was a Senior Visiting Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University. 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.

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 currently teaching two graduate 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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