Marco Adria

Visiting Professor - Tecnológico de Monterrey
Member Since: 
Jul 23 '10
Marco Adria, Ph.D., is the founder of the Centre for Public Involvement, a strategic research and development partnership established by the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton ( His coedited book, with Dr. Yuping Mao, entitled Citizen Engagement and Public Participation in the Era of New Media, will be published in 2016. The book addresses the opportunities and challenges for the theory and practice of public involvement occasioned by the rise of social media.It includes new scholarship from the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Europe, about how social media, mass media, and personal outreach are being applied around the world to engage citizens in decisions that affect them. Marco served as the co-chair of the Centre for Public Involvement's governing board and its research director, until 2014. He has led public-involvement initiatives that have resulted in structural changes in how citizens influence decisions of broad public importance, including the following:He is a co-author, with Dr. Yuping Mao (Erasmus University) of “Deciding who will decide: Assessing random selection for participants in Edmonton’s Citizen Panel on budget priorities,” published in Canadian Public Administration/Administration publique du Canada 56(4), 610-37. He is a co-applicant, with Dr. Mark Warren, in Participedia, a global partnership to create and mobilize knowledge about democratic innovations ($4.589 million funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, over four years).  He was the founding director of the Graduate Program in Communications and Technology, University of Alberta, from 2000 until 2011. His most recent book, Technology and Nationalism (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010) won the Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics, awarded by the New York-based Media Ecology Association. He is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Library Trustees, and Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Alberta.