Dr. Rebecca LaForgia undertakes research examining transparency and public participation. She explores how these ideals – or lack of them – shape our governments and us, asking how transparency makes them and us more worthy of holding power. Rebecca’s research is participatory, in that she observes how government agencies respond to calls for transparency, information or engagement; the approach is both sociological and legal. Her research is based on the assumption that all of us are equal and have not simply the right but at times the obligation to question. She has also made submissions to the Negotiators of the forthcoming Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement on the political and legal significance of including public participation within forthcoming trade agreements.