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Dr Jean-Paul Gagnon

Assistant Professor
School of Government & Policy
Highest Qualification – Phd
HDR Completions - 0

Contact Details
Phone No.: +61 (0) 2 6201 2685


My research is centred in the vibrant field of democracy studies.

I'm engaged in several original research projects that contribute to the expanding histories of democracies, the critical engagement of democracy's contemporary problems, and the normative debates about the futures of democracies.

I've three pronounced research interests that stand out from the work that I do on democracy's pasts, presents and futures. They are (1) nonhuman democracy (e.g. looking for answers to our democracy problems among the democratic techniques used by nonhumans), (2) the sociology of democracy (e.g. what is the everyday life of  democracy? How do young people nurture democracy?), and (3) the democratic economy/economic democracy (e.g. participatory taxation, fettering transnational capital to  democracies).

I co-founded and now co-edit the journal Democratic Theory published and distributed by Berghahn (Oxford, New York). I co-conceived and was subsequently commissioned by Palgrave Macmillan to edit the book series The Theories, Concepts, and Practices  of Democracy. These roles form an integral part of my research activities.

Lastly, I'm a member or am otherwise affiliated with several democracy research institutes in Australia and abroad including the Sydney Democracy Network, the WZB (Berlin), and the Bernard  Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics (Sheffield).

  • Prof. David Marsh (UC), Assoc Prof. Mark Chou (ACU), Dr Lesley Pruitt (RMIT), and I have a Discovery Project in the running for this upcoming 2016 funding round;
  • Previous to the award of my PhD from QUT I was recipient of an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, funded by Australia's Commonwealth Department of Education, from 2007 to 2010. This scholarship was supported in its entirety by a Faculty Based Award (equivalent in 2007 to the Australian Postgraduate Award). According to the Department of Education the IPRS program is designed to "attract top quality…students to areas of research strength in Australian higher education providers" and to "support Australia's research effort".

Jean-Paul is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Democratic theory
  • Democracy
  • Histories and futures of democracy
  • Nonhuman politics
  • Political reform

Research Theories / Models of Interest

  • Participatory democracy
  • Economic democracy
  • Non-Western democracy
  • Global democracy
  • New democracy

Research Methods of Interest

  • Pragmatism
  • Historical inquiry
  • Discourse analysis
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Comparative