Catherine’s doctoral research explored citizens’ experiences of epistemic practices when deliberative mini-publics are applied in Australian health policy settings. That research was part of an overarching Australian Research Council Linkage Project: No: 0989429: which examined the efficacy of democratically deliberative means of health policy development in three Australian health policy jurisdictions: the Australian Capital Territory; Queensland; and South Australia.
Catherine’s PhD findings focus attention on the benefits of closing the gap between the theory and practice of deliberative democracy; with many factors found to unintentionally disable the development of deliberative capacity and a transformative exchange of knowledge.
These empirical interests complement insights gained from Catherine’s background, which includes a Masters in Community and Health Development, working as a research assistant, teaching sociology, and establishing a social research consultancy. Catherine has also practiced as a nurse, midwife, and run her own naturopathic clinic.