Lyn Carson is a Professorial Fellow with the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at UWS. Prior to her arrival, "Carson" was Academic Program Director in the United States Studies Centre at The University of Sydney. For over a decade she taught in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney on topics relating to public administration, citizen engagement and deliberative democracy. Carson is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Deliberation and its essay editor. She was involved in convening or facilitating Australia's first Consensus Conference, Australia's first two Deliberative Polls, Australia's first Citizens' Parliament, numerous Citizens' Juries and Community Summits and a host of other public engagements related to public policy exploration and improvement at local, state and national levels. Carson's introduction to formal politics and the challenges of active citizenship began in the early 1990 as a local councillor in Lismore, NSW.