DemocracyNet is an international, non-partisan, and non-profit association of researchers in democracy studies. Launched in 2011 by students of the former program NCCR Democracy as an informal network of peer researchers, DemocracyNet developed into an independent association in 2016.
Since its creation, DemocracyNet has been pursuing two core aims: fostering interdisciplinary exchange and project collaborations among researchers in democracy studies, on the one hand; and making these academic debates about democracy accessible to the wider public, on the other hand.
Due to the overlap of interests and goals, the doctoral program Democracy Studies and DemocracyNet have successfully collaborated on various projects over the past years:
- “Researching Citizenship & Democracy in Europe.” Workshop held at the University of Zurich on September 19-20, 2014 Link
- “Citizens and Democracy.” Workshop held at the University of Zurich on September 11-12, 2017 Link
- “Democratic participation: theoretical and empirical perspectives.” Workshop held at the University of Zurich on September 13-14. 2018 Link
- “Political Representation in Democratic Systems.” Workshop held at the University of Zurich on September 9-10, 2019 Link
- “Revisiting the challenges of democratic inclusion in theory & practice.” Online workshop held on Zoom on November 16-18, 2020 Link
- “‘This is fine’ – Democracy in times of crisis.” Online workshop held on Zoom on September 9-10, 2021 Link
- “Vested Interests and Democracy.” Hybrid workshop held at the University of Zurich and on Zoom on December 9-10, 2021 Link