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 – November 2019
  • Cisco Visiting Professor of e-Democracy, October 2002 – December 2005


Past projects

  • Civil society participation in the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS)

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Sonia Liff, Professor Stephen Coleman

    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.

  • Remixing citizenship

    Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman

    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.

  • From the ground up

    Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman

    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'.


  • Consulting the public online: opportunities, barriers and policy options

    Recorded: 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.

  • e-Participation and Power: The Copper Wire and the Electricity

    Recorded: 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?