Nick Vlahos is the Deputy Director, Democracy Innovation at the National Conference on

Nick is passionate about democracy, and specifically citizen empowerment and collaborative
public service provisioning in contexts of inequality. He holds a PhD in political science,
specializing in the interconnection between political economy, decentralization, and
deliberative democratization. Nick recently published a book entitled The Political Economy of
Devolution in Britain from the Postwar Era to Brexit (Palgrave 2020). He has also written about
how public participation and deliberation can elevate social well-being by mobilizing problem-
solving strategies facing local areas and (re)build better connections to elected officials and
formal political institutions.

Previously, Nick was a fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance,
leading an international research and civic engagement initiative called Connecting to
Parliament. He is a member of the Democracy R&D network and the participatory governance
cluster of Participedia. Nick also worked on the ground in Alexandra Park, a social housing
revitalization neighbourhood in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, leading tenant
engagement, including participatory budgeting concerning capital infrastructure. In addition,
Nick was part of the first Bloomberg Philanthropy ‘i-team’ in Canada,

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