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.