Professor Stephen Coleman
Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at Leeds University. At the OII he worked on the adaptation of representative institutions in the digital age, and the development of spaces for public democratic deliberation.
Professor Coleman received his BA Hons and PhD from London University. He was formerly Director of the Hansard e-democracy programme, which pioneered online consultations for the UK Parliament, and lecturer in Media & Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He chaired the Independent Commission on Alternative Voting Methods. Recent publications include: Bowling Together (Hansard Society, 2001) (with John Gotze); Realising Democracy Online: A Civic Commons in Cyberspace (IPPR, 2001) (with Jay G. Blumler); 2001: A Cyber Space Oddysey: the Internet in the UK Election (Hansard Society, 2001); Televised Election Debates: International Perspectives (Macmillan, 2000); and Parliament in the Age of the Internet (OUP, 1999) (edited with J. Taylor and W. van de Donk).
Stephen Coleman is currently Professor of Political Communication at Leeds University.
As the Cisco Visiting Professor of e-Democracy at the OII (2002-2005) Professor Coleman worked on the adaptation of representative institutions in the digital age, the development of spaces for public democratic deliberation, and a global evaluation of a range of e-democracy exercises.
Positions held at the OII
- Research Associate, March 2006 - September 2014
- Cisco Visiting Professor of e-Democracy, October 2002 - December 2005
December 2004 - March 2005
Evaluating the successes and failures of local authorities in facilitating ground-up, citizen-led approaches to e-democracy, and considering how authorities have tried to harness the power of ICTs to create and stimulate new forms of 'civic space'.
August 2004 - April 2006
Achieving a deeper understanding of the nature, extent and potential of civil society groups' participation in the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ICT policy making by establishing a cross-sector academic / practitioner dialogue.
January 2000 - May 2005
Investigated how young people gather and communicate civic information online, and setting a new agenda for debating the relationship between young people, the Internet and democracy, arguing they are moving to newer forms of participation.
- Shifman, L., Coleman, S. and Ward, S. (2007) Only joking? Online Humour in the 2005 UK General Election. Information, Communication & Society 10: 465-487.
- Coleman, S. (2006) Consulting the public online - opportunities, barriers and policy options. Presented at the workshop 'Learning from Experience in eGovernment: Why Projects Fail and Why They Succeed', University of Oxford, 26 June 2006.
- Coleman, S. (2005) Remixing Citizenship. Report for the Carnegie Young People Initiative.
- Coleman, S. and Norris, D.F. (2005) A new agenda for e-democracy. Oxford Internet Institute Forum Discussion Paper No. 4, University of Oxford.
Recorded on: 26 June 2006 Duration: 00:29:32
There have been a number of experiments in consulting with the public online. This talk considers how the public regards such opportunities, and some policy options which take into account existing barriers and opportunities.
Recorded on: 7 December 2005 Duration: 01:10:02
Some e-participation projects have been funded and promoted by governments - others have been initiated by grass-roots activitists and communities. What is the relationship between such projects and the distribution of political power?
28 October 2002 Oxford Internet Institute
The Oxford Internet Institute appoints Dr Stephen Coleman to the world's first professorship in e-democracy. The visiting professorship will be attached to Jesus College and is supported by Cisco Systems Ltd