Oliver Escobar


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Professor of Public Policy and Democratic Innovation, Politics and International Relations subject area of the School of Social and Political Science.

Full academic profile is available here.

Other positions

(2019- ) Academic Lead for Democratic Innovation at Edinburgh Futures Institute

(2017-2020) UK Principal Investigator for Smart Urban Intermediaries: Trans-European Research, Learning and Action

(2017-2020) Co-Investigator of Distant Voices: Coming Home

(2015-2019) Co-Director of What Works Scotland


Research interests:

  • Commons
  • Governance of the future
  • Policy making and policy workers
  • Participation and deliberation in policy making
  • Participatory and deliberative democracy
  • Collaborative governance (e.g. partnerships)
  • Public service reform
  • Democratic innovations (i.e. mini-publics, participatory budgeting)
  • Political communication (i.e. dialogue and deliberation)
  • Facilitation, mediation and consensus building 
  • Community/Public engagement practice and practitioners
  • Knowledge brokering
  • Science & society
  • Emotions in politics and policy

College Research Themes

  • Governance & Democracy


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