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23 June 2021

Where are we now and what next for online deliberative methods?


To mark the official opening of the NatCen Centre for Deliberative Research, we’d like you to join us at this very special launch event.

Date: Wednesday, 23rd June
Time: 16:00-17:30

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Our audience will hear from leading experts in deliberative research and research funding who will explore and share their insights on where we are now and what's next for online deliberative methods. Our panel will also provide an assessment on the state of the evidence and consider some of the design and quality challenges relevant now and post-pandemic for those working in this field.


  • Gerry Nicolaas, Director of Methods, National Centre for Social Research


  • Dr Ceri Davies, Director of the Centre for Deliberative Research, National Centre for Social Research
  • Dr Alice Siu, Deputy Director at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University
  • Professor Alison Park, Interim Executive Chair, Economic and Social Research Council

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About the Centre for Deliberative Research

Our Centre focuses on uncovering attitudes after citizens have been provided with evidence and an opportunity to discuss the issues with experts and others. We also bring expertise in wider participatory methods and public engagement across a range of policy areas and aim to deliver a portfolio of advocacy work on public participation and citizen engagement. 

We are particularly taking strides in using online approaches in this context, building on a blueprint we have been developing since 2019. This follows our success in delivering the UK’s first completely online Deliberative Poll with over 380 members of the public exploring post-Brexit policy.

Alongside our policy-facing work, we are continuing to focus on building the gaps in this methodology and provide fresh thinking on how deliberative research can respond to big societal questions now and in the future.

At NatCen, our mission is to give the public a powerful role in shaping decisions and services that make a difference to everyone. We hope you can join us in this mission and look forward to seeing you at this event.

If you’d like to talk to us about our work or potential collaboration ahead of the launch, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Ceri at:

Find out more about our deliberative research work at

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