14 JULY, 2021

Dr. Domagoj Bebić – Chair

Prof. dr. sc.  Domagoj Bebić, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.

At the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb I lecture several courses in the field of e-democracy and new media: Cyber Politics, E-government, Viral communication, Methods and techniques in new media. My scientific interests are: social media, e-democracy and online reputation. I am author of several scientific papers and book chapters, also I am author of the book – Cyberturist – New Media in Tourism. From 2011 I am secretary general of IPSA RC 10. Also, I am organizer of the international scientific conference Information Technology and Journalism (ITJ) that is held in Dubrovnik for 26 years and that is supported by IPSA RC10 and RC22. Moreover, in 2015 I was initiator and organizer of the scientific conference Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology organized by IPSA’s RC 34, RC 22 and RC 10. The collaboration between different IPSA RC’s is continued and in 2017 the Research Committees for Political Communication (RC22) and Electronic Democracy (RC10) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) with the CICOM 33rd organized jointly the scientific conference Political Communication in Uncertain Times: “Digital Technologies, Citizen Participation and Open Governance”.

Dr. Deodatus Patrick Shayo – Vice Chair

Deodatus Patrick Shayo is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Economics and Social Studies at Ardhi University, Tanzania (from December 2020-to-date), and he is teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate level courses at Ardhi University. He also served as an academic member of staff at the University of Dar es Salaam (2006-2020). His PhD is in Political Science, obtained from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Muenster, Graduate School of Politics, Germany, focused on crowdsourcing and digitalization of electoral integrity. He was awarded three years PhD scholarship by Germany Academic Exchange Services (October 2014 – September 2017). He has participated in several conferences, seminars and workshops – both national and international – with a focus on, among others, digital governance, digital society and digitalization plus industry 4.0 (Germany 2017 and 2019), digital democracy (Germany 2014-2017, Austria 2017, and Australia 2018), local democracy academy (Sweden, 2019), comparative research designs and methods (South Africa, 2016), and gender issues in higher education (Tanzania, 2020). He is currently a member of IPSA, RC10, Electronic Democracy. He organizes IPSA-RC10 panel presentations such as civil society, state and digitalization in the global South (Hannover, Germany 2017); democratic participation and inclusion in the digital era (Brisbane, Australia 2018); mapping the emerging democratic participation space in the age of digitalization (Virtual, 2021). Also serves as a reviewer, international conferences like EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2017, 2018 & 2019, and Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Mini-track: smart and connected cities and communities. His key research interests include community crowdsourcing and digital engagement, online and offline participation, crowdsourcing smart city services, gender and community participation, digital innovation and technology in local governance, and crowd monitoring service delivery.

Dr. Saurabh Chandra – Secretary General

Dr. Saurabh Chandra, Managing Director (MD) of the IPARN Foundation, holds a Doctorate (PhD) in Public Administration. As Managing Director (MD) of the IPARN Foundation, which is an Integrated Policy and Administrative Research Network, he is constantly working for the promotion of Public Policy and Public Administration on the global level. As Managing Director (MD) and International Director of the IPARN Foundation, India he is facilitator and coordinator of Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) of the foundation with: 1. Migration Institute of Finland, Finland 2. National Intercultural University of the Central Jungle “JUAN SANTOS ATAHUALPA” - UNISCJSA, Peru 3. Alfred Noble University, Dnipro, Ukraine 4. Polissia National University, Zhytomyr, Ukraine 5. Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University, Ternopil, Ukraine 6. Dnipro University of Technology, Ukraine Dr Saurabh has always been engaged in teaching and research. He has taught in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) (Institution of National Importance by the Act of Parliament) under Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu as Assistant Professor (Public Administration) and Department of Public Administration, the University of Lucknow as Guest Lecturer/subject expert. His specialization lies in Decentralization, Local Governance and E-Governance. So far he has been able to publish two books, seven research papers, and one chapter in an edited book. Further to this Saurabh Chandra is also associated with the research Journal ‘SOCRATES’ an international, refereed (peer-reviewed) and indexed scholarly journal in Public Administration and Philosophy, working in the capacity of its Editor. In this capacity, he has been able to contribute to the editing of more than 16 issues of research publications. He is also Editorial Board Member of three scholarly research journals of the Alfred Nobel University, Ukraine. These journals are indexed in Web of Science (Russian Science Citation Index). These Journals are Academy review, European Vector of Economic Development and Nobel Herald. Dr. Saurabh is also associated with many international organizations. He is a Professional Member of The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Washington, DC, a Member of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA), France, Research committee member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Canada and Certified National Delegate of India to The World Philosophy Network, Serbia, Europe.


Dr. Shelley Boulianne

Dr. Shelley Boulianne is an internationally recognized scholar with empirical research focused on the global dynamics of digital media use for citizens’ engagement in civic and political life. This research offers great insights into who participates in politics, how they participate, and the impact of participation patterns on whose voice counts in public policy. In December 2007, she completed her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and she is currently an Associate Professor in sociology at MacEwan University (Canada). At the invitations of section chairs, she has adjudicated many prestigious awards for the American Sociological Association’s Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section (2014, 2015) and American Political Science Association’s Political Communication and Information Technology and Politics divisions (2016, 2018, in 2019, 2 committees). She is finishing her term as a section officer for the Information Technology and Politics division. Currently, she is on the editorial boards for New Media & Society, Social Science Computer Review, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, and Communication Research.   

Dr. Régis Dandoy

Régis Dandoy is professor of political science at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador), guest lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and adjunct researcher at the Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) and the United Nations University (UNU-CRIS). His main research interests and publications deal with comparative politics, e-democracy and elections (particularly in Latin America and Western Europe). He is currently giving lectures on e-democracy in various universities and is responsible for the training of election officials around ICT-issues in electoral processes. His current research projects deal with electronic voting (e-voting) and internet voting, with a specific focus on the impact of technology on voting behavior and on party positions on voting technology.

Dr. Sabu Thomas