The Organisers

The Australian Citizens' Jury on Genome Editing brings together Australia’s foremost experts in law and genetics and deliberative democracy. This innovative collaboration builds on over 25 years of high-impact scholarship on the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomics and related technologies, and the power of citizen deliberation in making inclusive, informed, and considered collective decisions.

The Project is co-organised by the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania in collaboration with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.  Please see the following links for Our Research Agenda and Our Impact Agenda.

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Dianne Nicol

Project Leader

Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics, The University of Tasmania

Dianne Nicol is the Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania. In addition to leading this project, she is also leading two Australian Research Council-funded projects which examine the legal, research and social issues associated with genomic data sharing and the regulation of innovative health technologies including somatic cell genome editing. Dianne brings a combination of PhD-level research in the field of biology and legal specialisation on the regulation of genomics and related technologies. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and holds the title of Distinguished Professor.​

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Simon Niemeyer

Collaborator

Director of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Simon Niemeyer is the Director of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance.  Simon has designed, implemented and assessed over twenty deliberative forums in the past ten years on a range of topics—from biobanking in British Columbia to climate change in the Australian Capital Territory to begging in Uppsala, Sweden. His work has been published in top academic journals including The American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Science, Science and Nature.  Simon was one of the organizers of the pioneering Australian Citizens' Parliament.

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John Dryzek

Collaborator

Centenary Professor, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

John Dryzek is a Centenary Professor and a former Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow at the University of Canberra. He is the author or editor of twenty books on democracy and environmental politics, and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in Australia.  He was one of the organizers of the pioneering Australian Citizens' Parliament.

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Nicole Curato

Collaborator

Associate Professor Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Nicole Curato is a sociologist specializing on the role of emotions and non-verbal communication in public deliberation. She has experience running deliberative forums in communities affected by armed conflict and police brutality. She is the editor of the Journal of Deliberative Democracy and the author of three books, including Deliberative Minipublics: Core Design Features.

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Chris Rudge

Collaborator

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Law and Genetics, The University of Tasmania

Chris Rudge is postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Law and Genetics, University of Tasmania. Chris was previously (2020) postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he examined the regulation and governance of autologous stem cell therapies in Australia and globally. Chris’s background is in health and medical law, including the regulation of psychiatry and brain interventions. He is author and co-author of several articles on the regulation of medical devices and therapies. In 2018, Chris authored a major report for the Medical Council of NSW relating to the Council’s powers to sanction or suspend medical practitioners in the ‘public interest.’

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Anne Nygaard

Collaborator

Research Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Anne Nygaard Jedzini is a PhD student on deliberative integrity at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance where she also works as a business developer. She is the former Vice Mayor of the City of Aarhus in Denmark where she served on a number of deliberative task committees with politicians and citizens as well as facilitated deliberative policy processes herself with the local community. Anne is contributing to the Global Citizen Assembly project with her expertise on citizen engagement, deliberative governance and political power-sharing.

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Rebecca Paxton

Collaborator

Research Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Rebecca Paxton is a researcher at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra and a research assistant with the Food Values Research Group at the University of Adelaide. Her research interests centre on decision-making in food and farming systems, including value trade-offs related to animal welfare and food system management in the context of disasters. Most recently, she has researched community attitudes towards the use of gene editing in the Australian livestock sector.

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Mia McGaffin

Collaborator

Research Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Mia McGaffin is a research assistant at the Centre of Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Mia is currently studying a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs at the University of Canberra and is in her fourth and final year. Mia first joined the Centre of Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance in May 2020 as a research intern, where she conducted a research project on water policy and how strategies of deliberative democracy could improve it. Mia has now taken on the role as an event manager at the Australian Citizens Jury event that the Centre is hosting in June 2021. 

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Josephine Wright

Collaborator

Research Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Josephine Wright is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, science communicator and project manager with extensive experience as a producer across many genres including science, wildlife, history and contemporary factual programs.   Jo has coordinated projects in difficult environments from Svalbard to Chernobyl to outback Australia. She has delivered projects to Broadcasters around the world, from ABC Australia to BBC UK to RTBF in Belgium.  Jo has been working since 2019 as the Communications Manager and Project Coordinator for the associated Global Citizens’ Assembly project.

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Lucy J. Parry

Collaborator

Research Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Lucy J. Parry is an Associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Her research interests include deliberative systems, deliberative mini-publics and democratic innovations, and animal ethics. Lucy has worked on deliberative processes in the U.K. and Australia, and has documented a large number of cases on the Participedia database, from mini-publics to protests. Uniting these areas is a commitment to bringing deliberative theory and practice together, along with her methodological expertise in Q Methodology. To this end, Lucy has published widely across her research interests, with her current work examining the everyday impacts of deliberative mini-publics in Australia. 

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Francesco Veri

Collaborator

Research Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, The University of Canberra

Francesco Veri is a Postdoctoral fellow for the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He is specialized in quantitative and set-theoretic methods with an emphasis on fuzzy logic applied to social sciences. Before moving to Australia, he completed his MA in contemporary history at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and his PhD in political science at the University of Lucerne.