My research interests centre around public engagement – the context, the practice and the practitioners.

Public Engagement Practitioners

Christensen, H. E. (2019). Participatory and Deliberative Practitioners in Australia: How Work Context Creates Different Types of Practitioners. Journal of Public Deliberation, 15(3).

Christensen, H. E. (2019). Managing divided loyalties in the emerging profession of community engagement. Journal of Sociology.

Australian Local Government Community Engagement Practice

Christensen, H.E. (2018) ‘Legislating community engagement at the Australian local government level’, Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, issue 21, article ID 6515.

Christensen, H.E. & McQuestin, D. (2018) ‘Community engagement in Australian local governments: a closer look and strategic implications’, Local Government Studies, 45 (4).

Participatory Budgeting

Christensen, H.E. & Grant, B.J. (2016) ‘Participatory Budgeting in Australian Local Government: An Initial Assessment and Critical Issues’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 457-475.

Austaxpolicy asked us to write a short blog based on this article, the details are:

Christensen,  Helen  &  Grant,  Bligh,  (2017),  Participatory Budgeting: The Next ‘Big Thing’ in Australian Local Government?,  Austaxpolicy: Tax and Transfer Policy Blog,  2 February 2017, Available from:


Christensen, H. E., & Grant, B. (2020). Outsourcing local democracy? Evidence for and implications of the commercialisation of community engagement in Australian local government. Australian Journal of Political Science, 55(1), 20–37.

Christensen, H.E. (2018) ‘Community Engagement and Professionalization: Emerging Tensions’, Research in Ethical Issues in Organisations, 20: 117-133.

Book Review

Christensen, Helen E. (2018) ‘Review of The Professionalization of Public Participation edited by Laurence Bherer, Mario Gauthier, and Louis Simard (New York: Routledge, 2017),’ Journal of Public Deliberation, vol. 14, no. 1, article 11.