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Democracy and Governance

The Sustainable Society Steering committee of Deans has agreed to establish a new research network on “Democracy & Governance” (D&G). With this interdisciplinary network we like to involve colleagues and external parties from multiple different (research) backgrounds. Researches from all faculties can participate in the D&G platform.

The platform offers the opportunity for researchers to get a better overview of the research expertise related to democracy and governance at the University of Groningen. Both from an academic perspective as from societal trends we feel an urge to build a platform that creates more insights in what is happening in society, related to the topic of democracy and governance.

The platform will be opened for external experts which will be actively approached and involved by Sustainable Society. Opted expert partners are the City of Groningen (Cooperatieve Wijkraad Group), representatives from relevant Ministries, other research institutes and other relevant stakeholders.

What we are after:

  • Inform about new ways of thinking and doing democracy and governance in the contexts of academic research, political developments, practical processes;
  • Broaden horizons beyond disciplinary boundaries;
  • Stimulate research & collaboration:
    Within the university: within and across academic disciplines
    With organizations outside of academia;
  • Informational hub: information about conferences, grant opportunities, summer schools, etc.;
  • Your ideas, networks and input to make the platform work.

The D&G platform is open to all researchers at all stages of their careers who feel acquainted with the topic of Democracy & Governance.

On April 10 2018, we organised a start-up meeting, by bringing together all UG people and external (societal) partners who are interested in being part of the D&G group. During an ‘expertlunch’, we explained the background, vision and mission of our new network group.

Want to be involved in the D&G research group? Send an email to

Main contactperson / coordinator:
Marc Pauly
Researcher in Ethics, Social and Philosophy
Faculty of Philosophy

Laatst gewijzigd:01 oktober 2018 14:34