Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland Internship Opportunities

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Research Training Centre affiliates, Professor Ailsa Henderson and Dr Oliver Escobar are looking for two interns to join their research team at Scotland’s first Citizens’ Assembly. More information about the two paid internship opportunities can be found below.


SGSSS/Scottish Government Internship

Deliberate Democracy in Action: Researching Scotland’s First National Citizens’ Assembly

This internship is a unique opportunity to work in an exciting, high profile area with a mixed team of Scottish Government and academic researchers.

Visit the SGSSS website for more information (internship number R13-29)

Application Deadline: 1 March 2021


PhD Placement Opportunity

Researching Scotland’s First National Citizens’ Assembly (2 days per week over 7 months)

This placement is an opportunity to gain practical work experience in Scottish Government and within a live research project with a mixed team of Scottish Government and academic researchers.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to find out more, please get in touch with Evelyn Bowes at the Scottish Government ( or a member of the research team at your institution – Dr Oliver Escobar ( for students at the University of Edinburgh and Stephen Elstub for those at Newcastle University.

Download the placement information


About the Citizens’ Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland (CA) brought together a cross section of the adult (aged 16 and over) population of Scotland to deliberate and make recommendations relating to Scotland’s future. This was the first national Citizens’ Assembly in Scotland. It is essential to consider the role that Citizens’ Assemblies may play in future plans to support democratic engagement. An independent programme of research has therefore been established to evaluate the delivery of the CA and its impact on public debate and policy in Scotland.

The research has been designed to respond to questions about the internal operation of the CA as well as questions about the external impact and relationship with wider Scottish society. This research is being undertaken by a collaborative team of Scottish Government Social Researchers and 3 independent academic researchers: Professor Ailsa Henderson and Dr Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh and Dr Stephen Elstub, Newcastle University.

The research responds to the Scottish Government’s commitment to review and learn from the experience. It also helps to situate the Scottish experience within a global evidence base on democratic innovation and the research programme will make a significant contribution to this evidence base through both Scottish Government and academic outputs.

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