Establishing a Knowledge Hub on Democracy

39 professors from Circle U. member universities have been appointed in the framework of the Academic Chair Programme. Nine of them in the Knowledge Hub on Democracy. Who are they, and what are their main tasks?

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Circle U. Knowledge Hubs are a space for both students and staff to co-create knowledge and solutions across disciplines and with external stakeholders, and to engage in policy development. The Democracy Hub will examine the alarming trends in parts of Europe and elsewhere, where democratic values are undermined and discarded, and develop strategies to strengthen democracy and civic engagement.

The role of the chairs

Like in the other Knowledge Hubs, the Open School, the Student-Led Innovation platform or the Think and Do Tank, the chairs in the Academic Chair programme will:

  • Link education and research within and across disciplines, focusing here on issues related to democracy.
  • Engage students to take an active role in knowledge creation and socially-engaged research on a theme which already captures their interest.
  • Represent and champion Circle U. within the alliance, nationally and internationally, as well as with external stakeholders.
  • Stimulate new models of academic collaboration and partnership in their domain of expertise, and share these across Circle U.

Different Profiles to serve a Common cause

These are the nine Chairs in the Knowledge Hub on Democracy:

Profile picture of Olivier Standaert
Olivier Standaert is Assistant Professor at the Louvain School of Communication (UCLouvain).
Profile picture of Nemanja Džuverović
Nemanja Džuverović is an associate professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Science.
Profile picture of David Mwambari
David Mwambari is a Lecturer in African Security and Leadership Studies at the African Leadership Centre and a visiting research fellow at UCLouvain
Profile picture of Jan Spurk
Jan Spurk is a Professor at the Faculté Sociétés et Humanités Université de Paris.
Profile picture of Lars Johannsen
Lars Johannsen studies the nexus of democratization, governance, and corruption at Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences.
Profile picture of Eveline Kilian
Eveline Kilian, Professor of English at the Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Profile picture of Claudia-Yvette Matthes
Claudia-Yvette Matthes has specialised on comparative politics and democracy studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Profile picture of Tobias Bach
Tobias Bach is professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, specializing in Public Policy and Public Administration.
Profile picture of Eivind Engebretsen
Eivind Engebretsen has pioneered interdisciplinary approaches to the study of political ideologies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo.

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Published Nov. 15, 2021 10:48 AM - Last modified Nov. 15, 2021 10:48 AM