Nicole Curato is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is the author of the book Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedy to Deliberative Action (2019, Oxford University Press) and Power in Deliberative Democracy: Norms, Forums, Systems (with Marit Hammond and John B. Min; 2018, Palgrave). She is the founder of the Deliberative Democracy Summer School and the co-chair of the Standing Group on Democratic Innovations at the European Consortium for Political Research.
André Bächtiger is Full Professor of Political Theory at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Stuttgart since 2012. His research focuses on the challenges of mapping and measuring deliberation as well as understanding the preconditions and outcomes of high-quality deliberation in the contexts of representative institutions and mini-publics. He is a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy (co-edited with John Dryzek, Jane Mansbridge, and Mark Warren; 2018, Oxford University Press) and Mapping and Measuring Deliberation (co-authored with John Parkinson, 2019, Oxford University Press).
Kim Strandberg is Professor of Political Science, especially political communication at the Åbo Akademi University in Finland. He has published numerous articles and book chapters about public deliberation and online deliberation. He has especially focused on experimental research exploring the effects and process of deliberation. He co-authored the 2020 International Political Science Review’s Meisel-Laponce award-winning article “Do discussions in like-minded groups necessarily lead to more extreme opinion? Deliberative democracy and group polarization.”
The Journal of Public Deliberation is turning over a new leaf. This short introduction maps new directions for the journal and invites readers to continue engaging the vibrant field of deliberative democracy.