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NatCen launches Centre for Deliberative Research

THE National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) is launching a Centre for Deliberative Research. NatCen’s new Centre will officially open on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 with an online event.

Led by Dr Ceri Davies, NatCen’s Centre for Deliberative Research brings together expertise in participatory research methods and public engagement across various policy areas.

It will focus on research that uncovers attitudes after citizens have been provided with evidence and an opportunity to discuss the issues from different perspectives and projects that enable the public to be involved in policy development or decision making.

Alongside policy-facing work, NatCen’s new Centre will address gaps in deliberative methodology and provide fresh thinking on how deliberative research can respond to big societal questions now and in the future.

The new centre’s launch follows from NatCen’s success in delivering the UK’s first completely online Deliberative Poll in 2019 and a second in 2020. Conducted in collaboration with Stanford University, the research enabled over 380 members of the British public to explore post-Brexit policy via videoconferencing.

The online launch event, hosted by NatCen on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, will ask, ‘Where are we now and what next for online deliberative methods?’.

The event will feature a panel of experts including Dr Ceri Davies, Director of the NatCen Centre for Deliberative Research; Dr Alice Siu, Deputy Director at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University; and Professor Alison Park, Interim Executive Chair at the Economic and Social Research Council.

Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive of NatCen, said:

“Through our research, NatCen conveys the public’s voice to those in power and with influence. The new Centre will position NatCen as a leader in public engagement and participatory research, continuing NatCen’s innovative work in this area and providing crucial insight into policy problems that are contested, complex or uncertain.”

Dr Ceri Davies, Director of the NatCen Centre for Deliberative Research, said:

“NatCen has made strides in recent years in using online methods to deliver our work. I am delighted to lead this new Centre, which will drive further methodological developments and deliver online and offline research that can shape democratic and social change.”

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