Aberdeen: What is Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly?

05 Dec 05 Dec

Kings Auditorium, King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB34 3FX, AB34 3FX

Thursday 05 Dec 19 - Thursday 05 Dec 19 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On the 26th and 27th October 100 of Scotland’s citizens met to begin the six-month process of deliberating on the future of Scotland. The Citizens’ Assembly will provide the opportunity to democratically work through complex issues facing the country in a way that fosters consensus and understanding rather than division in society.

But what is a Citizens’ Assembly? How does it sit in our current democratic environment? And what exactly are Scotland’s citizens discussing and how?

This public discussion will be a chance to hear from, and ask questions of, a range of speakers following the assemblies initial sitting.

Speakers include:

  • Esther Roberton, Senior Governor, University of Aberdeen, Chair
  • Michela Palese, Electoral Reform Society
  • Dr Clodagh Harris, Head of the Department of Government & Politics, University College Cork
  • Ian Davidson, Secretary to the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland

Some topics they will touch upon are:

  • What are Citizens’ Assemblies
  • Contextualising the move towards using participatory and deliberative methods in policy and politics.
  • Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly: how it will shape Scotland’s future and reflections on the first session from the secretariat and co-convener
  • Experience of participating in Irelands Citizens’ Assembly
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