The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Stephen Elstub

Senior Lecturer in British Politics

Background

Stephen joined the Department of Politics at Newcastle University in 2015. His main research interests are in the theory and practice of democracy, democratic innovation, public opinion, political communication, civil society and citizen participation, all viewed through the lens deliberative democracy.  His research is normative but applied, utilising a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, locating his research on the critical intersection between normative political theory and empirical political science. He has held visiting positions at the 'Centre of Democracy’, at Åbo Akademi University and the ‘Centre for Deliberative and Global Governance’, at the University of Canberra and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2008. Stephen has been a POST Academic Fellow at the UK parliament and an Academic Fellow at the Scottish Parliament, working on how parliamentary committees can be linked with mini-publics such as Citizens' Assemblies. Dr. Elstub is the Co-Editor of the journal Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy. He is author of Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy (Edinburgh University Press 2008), editor of Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice (Routledge 2018), Democracy in Theory and Practice (Routledge 2012), and co-editor of the Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance (Edward Elgar 2019) and Deliberative Democracy: Issues and Cases (Edinburgh University Press 2014).  He has been involved in a number of research projects funded by a variety of funders including the Economic and Social Research Council, Edinburgh City Council, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Involve and NESTA. Stephen has also acted as an expert advisor to the European, British, and Scottish Parliaments and to the Scottish government.

 

Qualifications

PhD (2003) University of Sheffield

MA (1998) University of Leeds

BA (1997) University of Leeds

Research

Research Interests

Democracy in theory and practice, particularly deliberative, associational, and participatory democracy. Specific focus on democratic innovation, mini-publics, citizens' assemblies, public opinion, political communication, televised election debates and civil society. 

Teaching

POL3111 UK Parliamentary Studies

POL3112 Can Democracy be Saved?

Publications