Global PB Hub Team
The PB Hub’s Global PB Support Board and Global PB Research Board drive its work and ensure that it is accountable to PB leaders around the world. A small staff team carry out and support work prioritized by the global boards. See the staff and board lists below, and full bios at the bottom of the page.
Josh Lerner, Director | New York
Clara Bois, Program Manager | Los Angeles
Mariana Gonzalez Ruiz Velasco, Research & Design Fellow | New York
Global PB Support Board
Hajarivony Andriamarofara, Independant Consultant | Antananarivo, Madagascar
Hanne Bastiaensen, The Democratic Society | Antwerpen, Belgium
Jelena Brbora, City of Dubrovnik Development Agency | Dubrovnik, Croatia
Shelley Carroll, City of Toronto | Toronto, Canada
Thea Crum, UIC Great Cities Institute | Chicago, USA
Nelson Dias, Oficina | Conceição de Faro, Portugal
Geneviève Dufresne, Montréal Urban Ecology Center | Montréal, Canada
Anastasia Fadeeva, World Bank | Tver, Russian Federation
Sanna Ghotbi, Digidem Lab | Gothenburg, Sweden
Mamadou Bachir Kanoute, IOPD Africa | Dakar, Senegal
John Maritim, Elgeyo Marakwet County Government | Eldoret, Kenya
Tarson Núñez, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Porto Alegre, Brazil
Evelyn O'Donnell, Glasgow City Council | Glasgow, United Kingdom
Willice Onyango, The Youth Cafe | Nairobi, Kenya
Ekaterina Petrikevich, Participation Factory | Prague, Czech Republic
Stefano Stortone, BiPart | Milan, Italy
Celina Su, City University of New York | Brooklyn, USA
Daniely Votto, DVotto Consultoria para Cidades | Porto Alegre, Brazil
Hao Xiang, The World and China Institute | Beijing, China
Ming Zhuang, Social Equity and Participation Center | Chengdu, China
Global PB Research Board
Giovanni Allegretti, Centre for Social Studies - Coimbra University | Lisbon, Portugal
Tiago C. Peixoto, The World Bank | Maputo, Mozambique
Timothy Kiprono Chebet, Open Governance Institute | Nairobi, Kenya
Diana Dajer, Policéntrico | Bogotá, Colombia
Titiana Ertiö, University of Helsinki / Centre for Consumer Society Research | Helsinki, Finland
Alberto Ford, Department of Political Science and International Relations, National University of Rosario | Rosario, Argentina
Carolin Hagelskamp, Berlin School of Economics and Law | Berlin, Germany
Kuo-ming Lin, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University | Taipei, Taiwan
Stephanie McNulty, Franklin and Marshall College | Lancaster, USA
Won No, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics | Shanghai, China
Osmany Porto de Oliveira, Federal University of São Paulo | São Paulo, Brazil
Daniel Schugurensky, Participatory Governance Initiative, Arizona State University | Tempe, USA
Lev Shilov, European University at St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Michael Touchton, University of Miami | Coral Gables, USA
Karla Valverde Viesca, National Autonomous University of Mexico | Mexico City, Mexico
Brian Wampler, Boise State University | Boise, USA
Director | New York
Josh leads the development of the Global PB Hub. He has 20 years of experience developing, researching, and working with leading community engagement programs across North America, Latin America, and Europe. He is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, across the US and Canada. Through programs that PBP has launched and supported, 534,000 people in 30 cities have directly decided how to spend $337,000,000. This work has been recognized by the Obama White House as a model for open government, and by the Brown Democracy Medal as the best practical innovation advancing democracy around the world. Josh completed a PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research and a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto. He is the author of Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics, Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy?, and over 20 articles. @joshalerner
Program Manager | Los Angeles
Clara is a Brazilian urban planner who manages the Global Hub’s efforts to coordinate PB research and resource development. She is a former research associate at PBP, where she supported the organization's network-building and tool development, including in-depth research on PB networks around the world. She has experience managing housing policy and participatory planning, and has worked on several projects of tenure regularization and slum upgrading in Brazil. Clara holds a Masters in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research work has focused on how housing movement activists use local participatory arenas to fight for housing justice in Brazil.
Mariana Gonzalez Ruiz Velasco
Research & Design Fellow | New York
Mariana is a Design Researcher and Strategist who uses design to empower underserved communities. In her practice, she integrates participatory methods to include unheard voices in the design process. She also uses design-led research, systems thinking, and visual design to understand complex issues and turn them into opportunities for intervention. She has worked in projects where she collaborated with Guatemalan artisans, Hispanic immigrants in the US, and members of low-income neighborhoods in Mexico. She also has professional experience as a Project Manager and Product and Process Engineer and visual design. Mariana holds a degree in Innovation and Design Engineering from Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, and an M.F.A. In Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design in New York. She is highly interested in using design as a tool to achieve equity, social justice, and democracy. She is very excited about joining the Global PB hub team to learn from participatory processes and bring the design perspective. Currently, she is also working as a part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design.
Global PB Support Board
The PB Support Board guides the Hub's work to improve PB practice and impacts. It is responsible for advising on the needs of PB implementers and advocates, deciding on priorities for new PB resources and tools, and supporting the Hub in developing and disseminating resources and tools.
Independent Consultant | Antananarivo, Madagascar
Since 2008, Hajarivony has promoted Participatory Budgeting in Madagascar with the objective of improving the management of mining revenues in poor areas. Since 2010, he has been advising the World Bank Group on transparency, participation, and accountability. Hajarivony’s knowledge of fiscal decentralization and citizen engagement challenges was mainly gained from piloting tax collection operations in the field. Currently, he is advising donors and governments on budget transparency and citizen engagement in Madagascar, Comoros, and Morocco. He holds a Master’s Degrees in Trade and International Management. He is fluent in French, English, and Malagasy and he has a basic knowledge of Spanish. He is a citizen of Madagascar.
The Democratic Society | Antwerpen, Belgium
Hanne Bastiaensen holds an MA in sociology and has worked on participatory budgeting since 2013. She designed the PB process for the city of Antwerp and led the team to the successful rollout. She designed a highly deliberative PB process with a lot of attention to attracting people from all kinds of communities, including people in poverty or from a migration background, young people and various religious groups. She has been working for The Democratic Society (demsoc) since 2018, where she set up a learning network on PB and supports various Flemish and Dutch cities and municipalities in setting up PBs and other projects around participation and citizen engagement. Hanne regularly acts as an expert and public speaker about PB.
City of Dubrovnik Development Agency | Dubrovnik, Croatia
Jelena has been working on participatory budgeting since 2015 in Croatia. She has worked for 5 years in the Dubrovnik Development Agency focused on researching and implementing participatory practices, social innovations and civil society development - actively engaging with EU funding opportunities. Jelena is now part of a team responsible for design and implementation of PB in the City of Dubrovnik, and she has designed and implemented PB in elementary schools. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science and is a certified trainer for the Council of Europe on Good Governance.
City of Toronto | Toronto, Canada
Shelley Carroll was first elected in 2000 to the Toronto District School Board where she served as Trustee for 3 years, including a stint as Chair of the Board. In 2003, Shelley was elected Toronto City Councillor for Ward 33. During her 16 years as Councillor, Shelley has put her financial background to use as Chair of the Budget Committee during the global financial crisis and as the inaugural Chair of the Toronto Film Board. More recently, Shelley served on the Toronto Police Services Board and the Toronto Transit Commission. As City Councillor, Shelley introduced the Basement Flooding Mitigation Program, negotiated over 500 affordable housing spaces, delivered renovations to community centres and implemented the City of Toronto’s first PB process, for local development funds.
UIC Great Cities Institute | Chicago, USA
Thea Crum is Associate Director of the Neighborhoods Initiative at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she designs programs, raises funds, leads projects, and coordinates with community partners. Leading the Participatory Budgeting Chicago Initiative since 2012, she has worked to implement and expand PB with elected officials and in public schools. She has over 15 years of experience in community development, capacity building, and civic engagement. She regularly gives presentations on PB and community development, guest lectures graduate courses, and publishes research and practitioner reports. In 2016, she presented on Advanced Participatory Budgeting at the Second White House convening on PB in the United States. She has co-authored “Youth Citizenship in Action: Evaluation of PB in Schools Pilot” (2018), “Democratizing Tax Increment Financing Funds through PB” (2016) and “The Civics of Community Development: PB in Chicago” (2015) among other reports. She is a member of the North American Participatory Budgeting Research Board (2014-present). She holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois Chicago (2011).
Oficina | Conceição de Faro, Portugal
Nelson Dias is a consultant at Oficina, a space for building and deconstructing realities dedicated to providing services in the areas of planning, evaluation, and promotion of participatory budgeting. Nelson holds a degree in Sociology and a Masters in Planning and Evaluation of Development Processes. He has worked as a consultant in a diverse range of organizations and entities. At the World Bank, he worked in the implementation of PB in various municipalities and regions of Mozambique (Africa), Mexico (North America) and Russia (Asia). At the Portuguese Government, he worked in the implementation of the National Youth PB. Additionally, he worked with the United Nations and the Government of Cape Verde on PB implementation in four Municipalities. He is the author of several publications, including coordinating the two editions of the book Hope for Democracy - PB Worldwide and the World Atlas of Participatory Budgeting.
Montréal Urban Ecology Center | Montréal, Canada
Geneviève Dufresne has more than 8 years of experience in local development, community mobilization and citizen participation. She worked for six years for a Montreal Neighborhood Committee where she designed and facilitated large-scale participatory processes. To improve the pedestrian experience and strengthen the sense of belonging, she coordinated several participatory urban planning approaches leading to the construction of public places. She joined the Montreal Urban Ecology Center team in January 2019. She coordinates Projets participatifs citoyens which is five small PB processes in five neighborhoods and two bigger PB processes in different boroughs. She is now responsible for the development of PB in the province of Québec. She holds a Master's degree in Leadership and Management from Copenhagen Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montréal.
World Bank | Tver, Russian Federation
Anastasia Fadeeva has been working on strengthening PB in Russia since 2012. As a member of the World Bank PB team in Russia she supports regional project centers to develop and implement PB processes, providing training of the municipal heads, youth and citizen activists, facilitation of the community meetings, validation of the applications, monitoring of the implementation, design and development of the Management Information System (MIS).
Digidem Lab | Gothenburg, Sweden
Sanna Ghotbi is a Citizen Participation Consultant at Digidem Lab, a non-profit democracy lab based in Sweden that helps cities, city districts, and public institutions to design participation processes to give power to those with the least influence in political decision-making. The processes she helps design varies from participatory budgets and citizen proposals to participatory city-planning and citizen juries using both face-to-face and digital tools and methods. Sanna was a member of the city council of Gothenburg 2014-2018 where she focused especially on human rights for undocumented migrants, re-distribution of resources to strengthen low-income neighborhoods and women´s rights. She has worked as an educator in issues around equality and power and how to improve the policies of organizations and municipalities. Sanna is also a member of the board for Consul Foundation that is managing the most wide-spread open source citizen platform.
Mamadou Bachir Kanoute
IOPD Africa | Dakar, Senegal
Bachir Kanoute is a town planner and the Executive Director of Enda ECOPOP, and coordinator for Africa of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy. M. Kanoute supports central and local governments of several African countries and consolidates fragile decentralization processes. As an expert of several international institutions including the World Bank and the United Nations Program for Human Settlements, M. Kanoute has led several high-level missions, on governance and participatory democracy in different countries of Africa and Caribbean (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Senegal, Tunisia, and Haiti). Based on this experience, M. Kanoute has developed several guides and manuals to train and build the capacity of local decision-makers and grassroots communities.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Government | Eldoret, Kenya
John has served for more than a decade in the public sector as an Economist. He has worked with communities and regional local governments in Kenya to improve people’s livelihoods through relevant and responsive governance approaches. Currently, he is the Director of Economic Planning and Budgeting and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Point of Contact for Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya which is one of the sub-nationals governments participating in the OGP Local Program. He is responsible for economic planning, policy formulation, and budget management processes. Additionally, he coordinates the institutionalization of emerging practices such as participatory budgeting on behalf of the county government. His passion to integrate citizen voices and incorporate best practices to inform governance processes was born of his desire to institute acceptable, open, participatory, inclusive and sustainable culture in the development process in Kenya. He holds a Master's degree in Development Economics (International Development Studies) from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Moi University, Kenya, amongst other qualifications.
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Urban and Regional Planning post-graduate Program | Porto Alegre, Brazil
Tarson Núñez is a doctor in political science who is currently participating in a post-doctoral project at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He works as a social researcher at the Department of Economy and Statistics at the Secretary of Planning of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul. His experience with participatory democracy started as an activist and adviser for the urban social movements in Brazil in the early eighties. At the beginning of the nineties, he worked at the Porto Alegre Municipal government, as the head of the Planning Office, in charge of the Participatory Budgeting process in the city. At the beginning of the two-thousands, he was the director of the Urban and Regional Development Department of the state government, when they launched PB at the state level. In the same period, he worked as a volunteer in the first versions of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. His master's dissertation and his doctoral thesis both relate with the issue of participatory democracy, based on the experiences he and his team have lived in the last 25 year in his country. His post-doctoral research is a case study about the impact of the social movements in the development of our cities.
Glasgow City Council | Glasgow, United Kingdom
Evelyn works in Community Empowerment Services at Glasgow City Council’s Chief Executive’s Department where she has lead responsibility for the development of participatory budgeting (PB) in collaboration with Glasgow’s communities, elected members, third sector organisations and national PB partners to co-produce Glasgow’s PB strategy. Evelyn's current work involves leading on mainstream and digital PB within the council's departments, council family and community planning partners. Evelyn works at a national level on a range of PB practitioners groups to share learning, develop skills, promote good practice and develop our national PB efforts together in a small country with 32 local authorities. Evelyn also works with the PB Working Group, and recently took part in national developments of the next iteration of the Local Governance Review. Evelyn is a qualified International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) practitioner and has experience of facilitating Citizens Panels and deliberative PB processes. She passionately believes people have the fundamental, basic human right to participate equally in decision-making processes.
The Youth Cafe | Nairobi, Kenya
Willice Onyango is the Executive Director of The Youth Cafe, an award-winning pan-African youth organization based in Nairobi. He has substantive experience, including youth leadership and empowerment, collective intelligence, policy making, sustainable development strategic planning, and fundraising. Over the last two years, he has pioneered the design and implementation of the first youth-centered participatory budgeting in sub-Saharan Africa as a new form of democratic engagement. Willice has presented their youth PB work at international thought-leading conferences in Barcelona, Nairobi, New York, Ohio, Arizona among others. Willice holds a degree in international diplomacy and completed Civic Leadership Institute at Kansas State University, U.S.A, as part of the highly acclaimed Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. He is the author of the internationally appraised Kenya Youth Manifesto, and has written dozens of published columns for the Huffington Post, World Economic Forum, Open Democracy, and elsewhere. He hopes to lend this experience to ensure the effective functioning of the PB Hub and help lay foundations for building a more equitable democracy.
Participation Factory | Prague, Czech Republic
Ekaterina Petrikevich is a Co-founder and an International Director of Participation Factory, a social enterprise that helps communities improve governance systems and quality of life through better participation and robust data. She supported various participatory projects in the Czech Republic and abroad including PBs on city and school levels. Ekaterina also helped conduct research on current trends in tech and innovation for the EU Commission and delivered numerous training on public participation and civic engagement, including one at the TechCamp Abidjan organized by YALI and State Department. Ekaterina holds a BA in Political Sciences from Columbia University and an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris. Additionally, as a women's and LGBTQ+ rights activist, she channels values of equality and pays special attention to women's and LGBTQ+ inclusion while actively encouraging her partners and colleagues to do the same.
BiPart | Milan, Italy
Stefano Stortone is founder and CEO of BiPart, an Italian nonprofit enterprise established in 2016 to promote new forms of democratic processes and institutions in local communities and groups and to develop a software platform for the same purpose. Stefano has a BA and a PhD in Political Sciences (Catholic University of Milan) and an MA in Democratic Studies (University of Leeds). After his studies, Stefano worked as a post-doc researcher at the Department of Informatics of the University of Milan, working for EMPATIA, an EU project on deliberative software platforms. His professional and academic interests include democratic theory, civil society and political participation, civic technologies, aiming at overcoming the crisis of political representation and representative democracy. He is currently developing a methodology, modelled on Participatory Budgeting processes, which combines direct with representative democracy, online with offline tools. Over the past 10 years, Stefano has worked on developing more than 20 PB processes in cities, schools and, more recently, a prison in Italy.
City University of New York | Brooklyn, USA
Celina Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press) and essays in Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. She has received several distinguished fellowships, including a Berlin Prize and a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has served as an active participant on the Steering Committee and a District Committee for PBNYC (Participatory Budgeting in New York City).
DVotto Consultoria para Cidades | Porto Alegre, Brazil
With a master's degree in Social Science, Daniely develops sustainable urban projects for cities in partnership with National and International Governments, Organizations and Private Sector, focusing in open government, gender, and urban mobility. She worked for over 5 years as Urban Governance Manager at WRI Brasil, a non-profit organization that implements environmentally, socially and financially sustainable urban solutions to improve people’s quality of life in cities, Daniely also worked as the International Relations Officer for Porto Alegre Municipality for over 3 years, including on international networking for PB. She was also the VP of Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation for over 4 years.
The World and China Institute | Beijing, China
Xiang Hao is the Senior Analyst in the World and China Institute. She is also a research assistant at the Research Center for Contemporary China, Peking University. She is currently a Ph.D candidate at Peking University and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and National Chengchi University. Since 2013, she participated in the implementation of PB projects in many different cities across China. (Beijing, Haikou, Nanchang, Soochow). These local governments take out a certain amount of funds from the public budget for people to vote on their own submit proposals. Her area of investigation concerns citizen participation in policymaking, with focus on government-led practices in budgeting, urban planning, and citizen initiatives. She also participated in Computer Assisted Telephone Interview program and several other face to face interview using GPS regional sampling in China.
Social Equity and Participation Center | Chengdu, China
Ming is the founder of Participation Center, and a researcher at local Academy of Social Sciences in China. He completed his PhD in Public Policy at Beijing Normal University. His major research and action area is citizen engagement, inequality, and public budgeting. Since early 2000, he has been introducing Participatory Budgeting into China, and since 2008 has been engaged in PB policy research and making, capacity building, tools development, to promote and facilitate PB practices in the field.
Global PB Research Board
The PB Research Board coordinates global research on PB and its impacts. It is responsible for developing a global PB research agenda and supporting researchers in launching new studies that address research priorities.
Centre for Social Studies - Coimbra University | Lisbon, Portugal
Giovanni is an architect, planner and senior researcher at the Centre of Social Studies of Coimbra University, Portugal. He coordinates the PhD Democracy in the XXI Century and is a member of the Institute of Democracy and Democratization of Communication at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Giovanni has extensive experience in design and management of participatory processes. He has provided consultancy and training in more than 40 countries, working for institutions such as the World Bank, the Council of Europe, United Cities and Local Governments, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Giovanni has various publications on PB, including 4 books and more than 80 articles and book chapters.
Tiago C. Peixoto
The World Bank | Maputo, Mozambique
Tiago Peixoto is a Senior Governance Specialist at The World Bank Group. Since joining the World Bank in 2010, Tiago has been working with governments to develop digital solutions for better public policies and services. Tiago has been honored by TechCrunch as one of the 20 Most Innovative People in Democracy, and by Apolitical as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government. His work has featured in both mainstream and specialized media, such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Nature, New Scientist, Quartz, Vox and Mashable. Tiago has published in The British Journal of Political Science, UCLA Law Review, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, and European Journal of eParticipation, among others. In 2017 he and his co-authors received the Louis Brownlow Award (American Society of Public Administration) for the best article of the year written by a practitioner. Tiago holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science from the European University Institute, as well as a Masters in Organized Collective Action from Sciences-Po Paris.
Timothy Kiprono Chebet
Open Governance Institute Kenya | Nairobi, Kenya
Timothy is a founder and Executive Director at Open Governance Institute (OGI), Kenya, a nonprofit that seeks to advance the delivery of public services through budget research, advocacy and innovation. He also founded CIOG Kenya from which OGI Kenya now has taken over its nonprofit programs. He is the civil society partner for Elgeyo Marakwet County, OGP Local Program and currently supporting efforts to monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation progress of the county’s OGP Commitments. Timothy has over five years of experience in the field of public finance management (PFM) and governance, with a keen interest in learning, experimentation, and innovation to advance efforts by practitioners of good governance to adapt to the dynamism in the civic space and governance practices. He is currently involved in ongoing tests and design of new and innovative participatory approaches including experimental citizen-led application of PB and Public Deliberation on Budgets (PD) to develop citizens' alternative budgets across Kenya’s devolved units. As a result, Timothy is a participant in the OGP Practice Group on Dialogue and Deliberation. Timothy is a cyclist and passionate footballer.
Policéntrico | Bogotá, Colombia
Diana Dajer is a social entrepreneur working in the intersection between participatory democracy, innovation and peacebuilding. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, a Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Research for Action Awardee, a Colciencias Scholar, and the director and founder of Policéntrico, a start-up that fosters sustainable development and participatory democracy in Colombia. Inclusion in post-conflict societies is Diana’s biggest interest. Her career is rooted in Colombia and Latin America’s state-building efforts, working in projects involving democratic innovation, human rights and transitional justice. Until recently, she was a Build Peace Fellow, where she conducted a research for action project to design Our Development, a participatory budgeting game and tech tool for Medellín. She has also worked as an advisor for the Colombian Ministry of Interior, as Project Manager of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Rule of Law Programme for Latin America, as a researcher for the Toledo International Centre for Peace, and as a consultant at Purpose. She holds a degree in law, a graduate degree in administrative law, and a master’s degree in public policy.
University of Helsinki / Centre for Consumer Society Research | Helsinki, Finland
Titiana Ertiö is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Consumer Society Research Center, University of Helsinki. She is an economic sociologist interested in technologies for civic engagement and urban governance. Her research investigates aspects of co-creation, social shaping of technology and adoption of digital services. She is currently a researcher in the BIBU project (Tackling Biases and Bubbles in Participation), where she investigates PB efforts in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
Department of Political Science and International Relations, National University of Rosario | Rosario, Argentina
Alberto is a professor and researcher who is particularly interested in the connections between inclusion, equity, deliberation, and creativity in concrete participatory policies. Alberto has helped organize an international conference on citizenship learning and participatory democracy in Rosario 2010. He has conducted research on Participatory Budgeting in Rosario, strategic participatory planning in Santa Fe, and the linkages between creativity and politics. He has published several books and articles on these issues.
Berlin School of Economics and Law | Berlin, Germany
Carolin is a professor for Social Science and Social Science Research Methods at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. She was previously Director of Research at Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and public engagement organization in New York City, where she led research and evaluation projects on participatory budgeting in the USA and Canada. She co-authored several research reports on the state of PB in the USA and Canada, including the 2014-15 and 2015-16 reviews and an interview study on public officials‘ experiences with PB (Why Let the People Decide? 2016). For this work, she and her team at Public Agenda collaborated with local evaluators across the US and Canada. They also led the North American PB Research Board’s efforts to develop the first edition of evaluation metrics for North American PB. Carolin currently studies PB’s impacts on budgeting decisions and the question of whether and how PB can affect a more equitable allocation of public funds. Carolin holds a PhD in Community Psychology from New York University and a Master’s degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University |Taipei, Taiwan
Kuo-ming Lin received a PhD in Sociology from Yale University and is professor and chair of the Sociology Department at National Taiwan University. He is a leading implementer, advocate, and researcher in participatory budgeting (PB) and deliberative democracy in Taiwan. Since 2002, he has implemented many events of government-sponsored citizen deliberation discussing controversial public policy issues. Kuo-ming Lin designed and implemented the first event of PB in Taiwan. For the past few years, he has led a research team to implement PB projects sponsored by the Ministry of Culture in more than thirty local communities and severed as an advisor to the PB projects of Taipei City and Taoyuan City. His research team based on National Taiwan University has established a database of participatory democracy in Taiwan. Using such data, he published several research papers on participatory and deliberative democracy, examining the issues like inequalities in citizen deliberation, the roles of local cultures, civil society and political systems in shaping the development PB and deliberative democracy, and how the practice of PB could be institutionalized.
Franklin and Marshall College | Lancaster, USA
Dr. McNulty, Associate Professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College, is a Latin Americanist with expertise in participatory governance, gender, decentralization, and development. Her research has focused on participatory budgeting in Latin America, with an emphasis on top-down mandates to implement PB around a country. Her recent book, Democracy from Above? (Stanford University Press, 2019), explores the effect of nationally mandated participatory reforms in the developing world. Dr. McNulty is also researching the issue of inclusion and participatory budgeting. Her work has been published in Latin American Politics and Society, the Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Public Deliberation, among other scholarly outlets. She is also the author of Voice and Vote: Decentralization and Participation in Post-Fujimori Peru (Stanford University Press, 2011), which explores the origin and implementation of Peru's PB Law.
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics | Shanghai, China
Dr. Won No is an Assistant Professor of Public Management in the School of Public Economics and Administration, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Her research interests include participatory budgeting, participatory governance, public management, and voluntary actions. Dr. No’s research centers on how the increase of public participation affects government decision-making process. Her projects examine the emergence and efficacy of participatory approaches in government processes, performance, and policy outcomes. Dr. No received a PhD in Public Administration and Policy at Arizona State University, a Master of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and an MPA and a BA in Public Administration at SungKyunKwan University, Seoul, South Korea.
Osmany Porto de Oliveira
Federal University of São Paulo | São Paulo, Brazil
Osmany Porto de Oliveira is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp). He holds two PhDs in Political Science (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle - 2015 and University of São Paulo - 2013). He received his B.A in International Relations from the University of Bologna in Italy in 2006 and a M.A in Sociétés Contemporaines - Europe - Amériques, from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle/IHEAL in France in 2008. His main books are International Policy Diffusion and Participatory Budgeting: Ambassadors of Participation, International Institutions and Transnational Networks, Palgrave McMillan (2017) and Le transfert d'un modèle de démocratie participative: Paradiplomatie entre Porto Alegre et Saint-Denis (2010), Éditions IHEAL/CREDA. He has conducted fieldwork about the diffusion of participatory budgeting in different countries: Brazil, Mozambique, Peru, Senegal, Kenya, United States, South Africa, Ecuador, France and Spain.
Participatory Governance Initiative, Arizona State University | Tempe, USA
Daniel is the founder and director of the Participatory Governance Initiative at Arizona State University. He has conducted research on participatory budgeting since 1999, especially in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Costa Rica, Canada and the United States. He helped organize several international conferences on citizenship learning and participatory democracy. His publications include Learning citizenship by practicing democracy: International initiatives and perspectives, The tango of citizenship learning and participatory democracy, ’This is our school of citizenship’: informal learning in local democracy, Democratic innovations and local governance: an international perspective, ’I took a lot of stuff for granted’: Participatory budgeting and the Neighbourhood Support Coalition (with E. Pinnington), Who Learns What in Participatory Democracy? Participatory Budgeting in Rosario, Argentina (with J. Lerner), Participatory Budgeting in North America: The Case of Guelph, Canada (with E. Pinnington and J. Lerner), Citizenship education through participatory budgeting: the Case of Bioscience High School in Phoenix, Arizona (with M. Cohen and A. Wiek), Participatory budgeting, civic education, and political capital (with B. Goldfrank, and Conflicts and tensions in the practice of participatory democracy: The case of participatory budgeting.
European University at St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Lev is a scholar and an active consultant on public participation. He is a Director of the Research Center on Urbanism and Participation at European University at St. Petersburg. He is also a member of the team in EUSP that developed a participatory design based on mini-publics which is implemented in more than 20 Russian townships and cities, including St. Petersburg (“Your budget”). Lev also works on studies on social effects of participatory budgeting in Russia, which is the topic of his PhD thesis in political science in the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). His research interests include quantitative methods in social science, local governments, and both local and urban activism. He supervises several applied projects, including participatory budgeting, planning, and school-level participation.
University of Miami | Coral Gables, USA
Dr. Michael Touchton is a Political Science professor at the University of Miami. He is co-author of two books: Salvaging Community: How American Cities Rebuild Closed Military Bases, with Cornell University Press, and Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil, with Cambridge University Press. Professor Touchton studies participatory institutions and development, with a focus on Latin America, Africa, and the United States. Most recently, his work emphasizes impact evaluations for PB in Kenya and Brazil. He has published in top Political Science and interdisciplinary journals including The American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Political Research Quarterly, and The Journal of the American Planning Association. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Karla Valverde Viesca
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) | Mexico City, Mexico
Karla Valverde is a full-time professor in the Center for Political Studies at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is an active member of various international academic associations. At the national level, she is a founding Member of the National College of Professionals in Political Science, Public Administration and Government, A.C.; of the Association for Accreditation and Certification in Social Sciences, A. C. (ACCECISO) where she is currently Chairwoman of the Steering Committee, and of the Mexican Council of Research in Political Science (COMICIP). In 2005 she received from UNAM Award for Young Academics in the Area of Social Sciences and since 2008, she is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI). She is the author of the book ‘Institutional Construction of Social Development’ in Mexico. In addition, she is currently the Academic Coordinator at UNAM of the H2020 Project The Cohesive city: Addressing Stigmatization in Disadvantaged Urban Neighborhoods, which is an international cooperation project between the European Commission, various academic institutions and NGOs from 6 other countries.
Boise State University | Boise, USA
Dr. Brian Wampler has been researching PB since the mid-1990s when he started attending PB meetings in Brazil. His work seeks to understand the great variation in how PB programs function and how these programs affect social and political change. His first book, Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Cooperation, Contestation, and Accountability (2007), analyzes 8 Brazilian PB programs to an effort to explain variation in the quality of these programs. His second book, Activating Democracy in Brazil: Popular Participation, Social Justice and Interlocking Institutions (2015), compared PB (regional, housing, digital) to three other participatory institutions. In 2019, Wampler published (with Natasha Borges Sugiyama and Michael Touchton) Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil, which explains how democratic institutions and social programs contribute to improvements in human development. Wampler recently completed a book with Stephanie McNulty and Michael Touchton on the spread and transformation of PB across the world. Wampler has published in journals such as American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, World Development, and Latin American Politics and Society.