The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Stephen Elstub

Lecturer in British Politics


Stephen joined the Department of Politics at Newcastle University in 2015. Dr. Elstub’s teaching focuses primarily on democracy in the UK. His main research interests are in the theory and practice of democracy, public opinion, political communication, civil society and political participation, all viewed through the lens deliberative democracy, and particularly, but not exclusively, in Britain.  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. Dr. Elstub is Associate Editor of the journal Representation and Executive Editor of the Journal of Deliberative and Participatory Democracy. He is author of Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy (Edinburgh University Press 2008), editor of Democracy in Theory and Practice (Routledge 2012) and co-editor of 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 Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, NOW, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and NORFACE. Stephen has also acted as an expert advisor to the European, British, and Scottish Parliaments and to the Scottish government.



PhD (2003) University of Sheffield

MA (1998) University of Leeds

BA (1997) University of Leeds


Research Interests

Democracy in theory and practice, particularly deliberative, associational, and participatory democracy; public opinion, political communication and civil society. 


POL3046 Dissertation in Politics (Module Leader)