An expert on democratic innovations, deliberative democracy and populism, my books include The People’s Verdict: Adding informed citizen voices to public decision-making (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and The Populist Signal: Why politics and democracy need to change (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
I’m a consultant at the research and strategy consultancy Populus and a Crook Public Service Fellow at the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield.
During my Fellowship at Sheffield, my research looked at 50 cases of randomly selected citizens’ juries and reference panels in Canada and Australia, which have been used by ministers, mayors and other public authorities to give citizens a meaningful voice in big policy decisions.
At Populus I am currently bringing my research to life in the UK to help public bodies add a considered public view to tough policy dilemmas in the form of Citizens Councils. I also work with political parties and campaigns using a data-driven approach to shape strategy.
This website brings together my published articles in various outlets, such as The Globe and Mail, The New Statesman, CapX, The Independent and others. It also links to some of my speeches, public speaking events, conference presentations and radio interviews.