Keynote Speakers

Professor John Clarke, Open University

John Clarke is a Professor Emeritus at the UK’s Open University where he worked as a teacher and researcher for over thirty years. He has also been a Recurring Visiting Professor at Central European University and currently holds a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship which supports work on the challenges of thinking conjuncturally and transnationally about the questions of Brexit and Beyond. He has written on a wide range of issues: citizenship, public services (and their intersections with managerialism and consumerism), policy mobilities and the shifting alignments of welfare, state and nation. Recent books include: Making Policy Move: Towards a politics of translation and assemblage (with Dave Bainton, Noémi Lendvai and Paul Stubbs; Policy Press, 2015) and Critical Dialogues: Thinking Together in Turbulent Times, based on a series of conversations with people who have helped him to think (Policy Press, 2019).

Professor Carolyn Hendriks, Australian National University

Carolyn M. Hendriks is a Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. She is an international scholar of contemporary democratic governance, and has published widely on citizen participation, community engagement, public deliberation, representation and listening. Carolyn undertakes engaged interpretive social research that brings democratic practice into dialogue with political theory. By working on this practice-theory interface her work has advanced knowledge on the application and politics of participatory, deliberative and networked modes of governing. Carolyn’s current research is exploring how citizens themselves are leading collective problem-solving efforts to address governance voids or to repair dysfunctional institutions. Carolyn is the author of three books, including Mending Democracy: democratic repair in disconnected times (with Ercan & Boswell, Oxford University Press, 2020), The Politics of Public Deliberation (Palgrave, 2011), Environmental Decision Making: exploring complexity and context (with Harding & Faruqi, Federation Press 2009). She has also authored over 30 journal articles, a number of which have won international prizes. Carolyn lives in Canberra with her husband and three children.

Dr. Marcos S. Scauso, Quinnipiac University

Marcos S. Scauso is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Philosophy and Political Science at Quinnipiac University. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. His research lies at the intersection of International Relations and identity politics, with a concentration on indigenous voices in post-colonial Latin America and issues of intersectionality. Marcos Scauso holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a primary focus on International Relations and secondary interests in Political Theory, from the University of California, Irvine. He has directed two research documentaries about indigenous activisms in Argentina and Bolivia, which inspired his current book project. Intersectional Decoloniality: Reimagining IR and the Problem of Difference builds on extensive fieldwork in Bolivia to discuss indigenous voices that provide new pathways for reimagining how we conceptualize the problem of difference in International Relations, the continuing impact of legacies of colonialism, and the prospects for global peace and coexistence. Other publications include: “Interpretivism: Definitions, Trends, and Emerging Paths.” Beyond his research, Marcos Scauso has taught classes such as Introduction to International Relations, International Relations Theory, Issues in Politics, Global Citizenship, and Development, Globalization, and Colonialisms. He also works in numerous committees and institutional spaces to promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity.