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Janette Hartz-Karp

Professor, Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University

Janette Hartz-Karp, professor at Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute Western Australia (WA) is a renowned practitioner, teacher and researcher in deliberative democracy (approaches to public deliberation and collaborative decision-making). Janette worked for 4 years in a State Minister’s Office, partnering with the Minister in finding innovative ways to institute deliberative democracy. She was the co-designer and co-facilitator of Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament in Canberra, 2009. Janette is currently involved in public deliberation action research projects including the Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABDC) Canada, and Preventative Health in Australia. She has been leading an action research initiative to create a deliberative community and collaborative governance in the City of Greater Geraldton, WA. This project has been internationally acknowledged, being one of the 7 finalists in the international Reinhard-Mohn Prize for ‘Vitalizing Democracy’; and winning the 2011 UN LivCom Award for ‘Participation and Empowerment’


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    Professor, Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University