Claire Mellier

Co Founder, Global Assembly

Claire is a facilitator, process designer and researcher with expertise in delivering participative processes which put citizens at the heart of decision making. Claire has a particular interest in systems change and how deliberation can be used to address polarisation and trauma.

In 2020, in collaboration with other partners, she initiated and organised the Global Assembly on the climate and ecological crisis for COP26, which received the backing from UN Secretary General, António Guterres.

Over the past few years, she has delivered more than fifteen citizens’ deliberative processes on climate change and other topics, at all levels: from the local to the global. She was part of the facilitation team of Climate Assembly UK and Scotland’s Climate Assembly and one of the accredited researchers who observed the French Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat.

She is knowledge and practice lead at Iswe Foundation. She is also an associate researcher at the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (CAST) at Cardiff University, where she published a comparative analysis of the French and UK assemblies and a research briefing on systems change and citizens’ assemblies. She is on the Advisory Board of the International Panel on Social Progress.