Dr Sonia Bussu is a researcher at Involve. She holds a PhD in Governance and Citizen Participation from the London School of Economics. Her thesis is a comparative study of participatory strategic planning with a focus on different forms and resources of leadership that can facilitate or hinder governance processes. She is passionate about increasing citizen voice in public policy and over the past few years she has been involved in several research projects on citizen participation in policy-making and coproduction of public services, collaborating with universities, practitioners and policy-makers in Italy and the UK and presenting her work at conferences around the world. Her work on facilitative leadership has been published on the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
She also has an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, where she researched participatory democracy and participatory budgeting in emerging economies such as India, Brazil and the Philippines.
Prior to studying politics, she gained her first degree in Languages and an MA in Linguistics and Translation and worked for a few years as a translator and project manager in the film subtitling industry.