Democracy, the digital and public sphere workshop

The workshop will encourage a diverse conversation on the impact of an increasingly digitally mediated public sphere on contemporary democracy. To what extent is the digital undermining or enhancing democratic expectations? What interventions could improve the democratic character of the public sphere?

The event will be structured around two panel discussions and a keynote lecture by Archon Fung (Harvard University) on “Democracy, Design, and the Digital Public Sphere”.

The panel discussions will run from 1.30–5pm, then the keynote lecture from 5.30pm–7pm.

We are grateful for the support by the Pushing the Boundaries Scheme of PSA.


Archon Fung is Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research explores policies, practices, and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance, in particular public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. His books include Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy(Princeton University Press).

Confirmed speakers: Michelle Brook (The Democracy Society), Jim Killock (Open Rights Group), Nicole Curato (University of Canberra), Alfred Moore (University of York), Katherine Dommett (University of Sheffield), Anastasia Kavada (University of Westminster), Rikki Dean(Goethe University Frankfurt). More to follow. The event is hosted by Graham Smith. It is organized by the Centre for the Study for Democracy together with the PSA Participatory and Deliberative Democracy specialist group.

How to book

Tickets are free but you must register in advance.

To attend the workshop from 1.30pm including the keynote speech, book here via Eventbrite.

To attend the keynote lecture only from 5.30pm, book here via Eventbrite.

Centre for the Study of Democracy

This event is a collaboration of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy specialist group with friendly support of the Political Studies Association.

The Centre for the Study of Democracy, based in the School of Social Sciences, has an international reputation for research excellence, with research themes in: critical international theory; democratic theory and practice; gender and sexuality; governance, complexity and resilience; post-colonial politics development and emerging powers; security, violence and justice, and social and cultural lives.


Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, 309 Regents Street, London, W1B 2HW - view map.