• Dr Oliver Escobar

    lecturer in public policy

    University of Edinburgh

    Oliver Escobar is lecturer in public policy at the University of Edinburgh and co-director of What Works Scotland, a research programme to advance public service reform. He also co-leads Smart Urban Intermediaries and Distant Voices: Coming Home. Oliver’s areas of research, teaching and practice are: democracy, governance, public participation and social innovation. He is trustee of Democratic Audit UK, Beltane public engagement fellow, member of the Scottish Government Participatory Budgeting Working Group, director of ClimateXChange’s Citizens’ Juries, and advisor to DRILL – the world’s largest research programme led by disabled people. He coordinates the Citizen Participation Network, has worked in research projects nationally and internationally,  and is involved in developing democratic innovations across policy arenas in Scotland and beyond. Prior to his academic career, Oliver published three poetry books, contributed regularly to radio programmes, and worked in retail management and as a labourer in the fishing and construction industries.


Championship: Scotland 2018

DEBATE: Universal Basic Income


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Berlin Championship at University of Applied Sciences Europe


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