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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.

If you would like to get in touch, feel free to email me or find me on LinkedIn / Twitter.



5 thoughts on “About

  1. Great commentary on Canadian politics. I like your well made observations about the decline of policy capacity at the federal level and diminishment of evidence in policy making. Looking forward to reading more.


  2. Just read your co-authored piece on Trump/Brexit for CapX. Very interesting, careful analysis. I’m quite surprised that, even after drilling as deeply as you do, you still find the same drivers in UK and USA – esp the town/country divide.


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