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  • NatCen Centre for Deliberative Research

    The Centre for Deliberative Research generates evidence that policy makers and citizens can use to inform, engage with and transform complex social issues. We do this by helping people and institutions have conversations with the right information, time and conditions to enable the public to play a more significant role in solving the biggest problems facing our society. The Centre works in the context of democratic innovation and draws on the principles of deliberative democracy to shape what we do and the impact it can have.

  • What next for online deliberation methods?

    In June 2021, NatCen hosted an online event to provide an engaging exploration of online deliberative research methods with presentations from Ceri Davies, Director of the Centre for Deliberative Research; Dr Alice Siu, a leading academic in the field of deliberative research from Stanford University; and Prof Alison Park, the Interim Executive Chair of the ESRC. Watch the video on YouTube

    Read our paper ‘Where are we now and what next for online deliberative methods?’(pdf)

  • Our work

    We work with government, charities, think tanks and universities on commissioned policy and research questions.

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    • CDR Team 3 (1) Our team

      We develop evidence and deliver a range of projects, from large multi-year deliberative research programmes to fast-turnaround qualitative projects. Our portfolio includes recent projects on Brexit, the environment and gender. We approach our work with innovation, working in partnership and collaboration to maximise the reach of the work we can do and the difference it can make.

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  • Deliberate: seminar series

    Catch up with the latest recordings, blog posts and upcoming dates from our ongoing 'Deliberate' seminar series. The series explores the expanding world of deliberative research. 

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  • Get in touch

    To find out more about our work, how we can help you design deliberative research or partnership opportunities please call call 0207 549 9584 or email

  • Blog

    Read about how our in-house experts conduct deliberative research designed to tackle the unique challenges set by the changing social landscape.

    Click here for our deliberative research blog posts.

  • Events and resources

    Find our past events, recordings and related resources here.

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  • Project Highlight

    Citizen Engagement on the Environment

    This study aims to improve Defra’s understanding of people’s values and priorities for the environment and will generate options for taking these into account in environmental policymaking.

    Our work has produced a range of outputs concerned with citizen engagement with environmental policy making, including:

    - A Scoping Review

    - Research Briefing & Final Report

    - Practice Guide

    - Project Evaluation

    Our research gives insight into public attitudes and values that will in the short term inform the current refresh of the 25YEP and highlights the benefits of direct engagement with citizens in navigating the challenges of implementing the 25 Year Environment Plan. The final report details the public’s priorities for the environment, as well as their future visions and what role government and other actors should play in getting there.

    Read our findings