Participatory Governance Initiative


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Participatory Governance Initiative
School of Public Affairs
Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions
411 N Central Avenue, Suite 400 | Phoenix AZ 85004-0687

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Daniel Schugurensky, director:

The mandate of the Participatory Governance Initiative at Arizona State University is to promote excellence, collaboration, and innovation in participatory governance research and practice. The Participatory Governance Initiative is a university-wide interdisciplinary space that aims at bringing together academics, students, elected and non-elected government officials, community members and practitioners interested in the theory and practice of participatory governance. Special attention is paid to the examination of emerging trends and innovative experiments around the world that are relevant to the realities of governance and public engagement in the 21st century.

The Participatory Governance Initiative is devoted to undertaking teaching, capacity building, research and dissemination activities aimed at the study and promotion of participatory democracy initiatives, particularly at the municipal level of government.



By the people: Participatory democracy, civic engagement, and citizenship education. Editors: Won No, Ashley Brennan and Daniel Schugurensky, 2017.



March 2018
The Participatory Governance Initiative (PGI) of Arizona State University is now an official member of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy (IOPD). The IOPD is a space open to all cities in the world and to all associations, organizations and research centers interested in improving the quality of municipal governance and sharing participatory democracy experiences. Its main working themes are citizen participation, open governments, participatory budgets, initiatives of deliberative and participatory democracy, and relations between citizenship and government in a wide sense. The current presidency of IOPD is held by the city of Montreal (Canada). Previous presidencies have been held by Barcelona (Spain), Quetzaltenango (Guatemala), Lille (France), Buenos Aires (Argentina), San Sebastian-Donostia (Spain), Recife (Brazil), Nanterre (France), La Paz (Bolivia), Reggio Emilia (Italy), Lleida (Spain), Cascais (Portugal), Canoas (Brazil), Madrid (Spain) and Matola (Mozambique). Among other activities, IOPD organizes an annual international conference of cities, academics and experts in citizen participation. The 2018 Conference will be held November 25-28 in Barcelona, Spain.


- Won No has presented her work on participatory budgeting in Seoul, South Korea at the APPAM conference

- Oana Almasan leads youth workshop on participatory democracy in Europe 

- Daniel Schugurensky interviews Fiona Duguid on School Participatory Budgeting in Canada