Dr. Lucy J. Parry, PhD

Lucy J. Parry gained her doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2017, in the Department of Politics. Her doctoral research explores the potential of deliberative democracy for enhancing the political representation of nonhuman animals, through an in-depth empirical analysis of the British foxhunting debate. Her research is supported by the Centre for Animals and Social Justice, a British research center advocating for greater animal protection policy through understanding its political implications. Lucy’s research covers both political theory and empirical social science. She uses Q methodology to identify and study discourses and has authored several publications spanning deliberative democracy, animal ethics, Q methodology and democratic innovation. Her research interests also include the political turn in animal ethics, discursive representation, deliberative systems, and deliberative mini-publics.

Prior to joining Webster, Lucy was based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra in Australia, where she remains an active Associate. Lucy also works with Participedia, a global project based at the University of British Colombia documenting democratic innovations around the world. Lucy’s most recent research collaboration is with Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, which examines the effect of deliberation on fundamental moral disagreement.

Lucy has also authored a range of blogs around her research interests and was one of the founding editors of BroadAgenda with Australian gender equality research foundation, 50/50 by 2030.