I collaboration with the Empatia team we are trying to adapt the lenses of game design to offer a more nuanced analysis of tokenistic democratic innovations.


A lot of democratic innovations have none or very little policy impact, engage only usual suspects and are vastly criticized by many scholars.


Nonetheless we think that we can offer a more nuanced analysis of these processes some of which might have interesting pedagogic effects if interpreted as serious games.


The objective of this research is to avoid lumping all tokenistic innovations in a single category and attempt to offer an initial categorization of these processes that overcomes the limitations of the current literature.


In doing so we also hope to (re)introduce a lot of interesting concepts developed in the serious games literature in political science.

News 2024


[Phoenix update] We have finished the codesign of the pre/post surveys for the 11 Phoenix pilots


I got a bit of funding to redo the Brazilian PB Census


News 2023


[Phoenix update] Territorial Commissions of Codesigns are ongoing in 11 locations across Europe


I have got a bit of funding to assist the UK PB Network


We completed the Citizens' Assembly in Southampton


We did the first (at least I think it is the first) door knocking experiment applied to promote participation in a CA


In the fall I am on Sabbatical between Morocco, Italy and the UK


Demoplay project completed, we have a new version of EMPAVILLE!


Follow-up blog post in dialogic form with Kyle Redman in Deliberative Democracy Journal


Supporting Bologna CA evaluation coordination


The blog I wrote with Tiago Peixoto on Sortition and Representation has reached more than 5000 visualizations