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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. Her recent research work is exploring alternative modes of political participation, particularly those enabled by online and offline spaces of political contestation (see below). Carolyn is 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 two books, including the Politics of Public Deliberation (Palgrave, 2011), over 30 scholarly journal articles, and numerous book chapters. Her research outputs have won awards including:

  • 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 public policy
  • The practice and theory of deliberative democracy
  • Democratic innovation
  • Alternative forms of political participation
  • Environmental politics
  • Interpretive method 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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