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List of Members (in alphabetical order)

Odile Ammann Postdoctoral Researcher
Law Institute, University of Zurich

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Research interests: 
Constitutional law, administrative law, international law, legal theory, lobbying and domestic lawmaking processes
DemocracyNet Treasurer 2018-2022
Hans Asenbaum Postdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance

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Research interests: Theories and empirical study of participatory, deliberative, and radical democracy
DemocracyNet social media management 2017-2020
Johannes Besch Doctoral Researcher
Department of Political Science, University of Zurich

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Research interests:
Legislator dissent, party factionalism, personalization of politics, populist parties
Palmo Brunner PhD Researcher
Department of Political Science, University of Zurich

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DemocracyNet Managing Board member 2018-2022; social media management, DPDS contact person 2018-2022
Dimitri Courant PhD Researcher and Graduate Assistant
University of Lausanne (IEPHI-LAGAPE) and University Paris 8 (CRESPPA-CSU)
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Research interests: Sortition, lottery, representation, deliberation, participation, democratic innovations, political sociology, political theory
DemocracyNet social media management 2018-2022
Alice el-Wakil Postdoctoral Researcher
Chair of Political Philosophy, University of Zurich
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Research interests: Normative political theory, democratic theory, direct democracy, popular vote processes, representation
DemocracyNet president 2016-2020; webpage management 2016-2022
Christian Ewert Postdoctoral Researcher
Chair of Democracy and Public Governance, University of Zurich

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Research interests: Transnational regulation, global governance, privatization, hybridization, accountability, content analysis, (critical) discourse analysis
DemocracyNet Working paper series editor 2019-2020; Managing Board member 2019-2020
 
Dannica Fleuss Postdoctoral Researcher
Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg; Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

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Research interests: Political theory, political philosophy with a focus on deliberative democracy, measurement of deliberative quality, radical democracy, relationship of deliberative and poststructuralist approaches, political psychology
DemocracyNet calendar management 2020-2022
Giada Gianola PhD Researcher
Institute of Political Science, University of Bern

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Research interests:
Democracy, digital democracy, (online) deliberation, parties, quantitative methods
Nargiz Hajiyeva PhD Researcher, International Relations Officer at International Cooperation Department, and Lecturer at International School of Economics (ISE)
Azerbaijan State University of Economics

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Research interests: International security and foreign policy issues, energy security, cultural and political history, global political economy and international public law, EU energy policy, migration policy and related fields
Lea Heyne Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
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Research interests: Comparative politics, quality of democracy, political attitudes, democratic citizenship
DemocracyNet President 2020-2022; DemocracyNet Vice-President 2016-2018; network’s coordinator 2016-2018
Lea Heyne
Johanna C. Huber PhD Researcher
University of Geneva

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Research interests: Civil society organizations in the field of food consumption and production, participatory democracy, neoliberalism, political consumerism
Deborah Kalte
PhD Researcher
University of Zurich / Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau

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Research interests: Political consumerism, lifestyle politics, political participation
DemocracyNet Managing Board member 2018-2022; calendar manager 2018-2020; DPDS contact person 2018-2022
Matteo Laruffa PhD Researcher
Harvard University (Visiting fellow), LUISS University

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Research interests: Democratic crisis, institutional development, constitutional democracy, comparative politics, intentional relations, political science
Libby Maman-Burstein PhD Researcher
The Hebrew University

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Research interests: Quality of democracy, regulatory design, democratic theory, public administration
Henri-Pierre Mottironi PhD Researcher
University of Lausanne, Institut d’études politiques, historiques et internationnales, Centre Walras Pareto
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Research interests: History of political thought, contemporary political theory, democratic theory, democratic practice, representation
DemocracyNet Working paper series editor 2020-2022; Vice-President 2018-2020; network’s coordinator 2018-2020
Daniel Mususa Pre-doctoral Researcher
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Research interests: Youth and democracy, elections, deliberative democracy, active citizenship, community security, service delivery and accountability, corruption
Sarah Perry PhD Researcher
Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim
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Research interests: Identity, effective and democratic political performance
DemocracyNet ResearchGate accounts management 2018-2022
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Lukas Peter Postdoctoral Researcher
University of St-Gallen
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Research interests: Democratic theory, philosophy of freedom, philosophy of economics, property rights
DemocracyNet Treasurer 2016-2018; Managing Board member 2016-2020; Webmaster 2019-2022
Lukas Peter
Laetitia Ramelet PhD Researcher and Graduate Assistant
Univesity of Lausanne

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Research interests: Consent, political legitimacy, early modern political philosophy, Grotius, Hobbes, Pufendorf
Jan-Erik Refle Lecturer, University of Lausanne; Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford, DPIR
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Research interests: Democracy, democratization, social movements, network analysis, framing, outcomes,  qualitative and quantitative methods, peacekeeping, Africa, Middle East, mobilization, political identities
Jonathan Rinne PhD Researcher, Research and Teaching Fellow
Democratic Innovations Research Unit, Goethe-University Frankfurt

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Research interests: Democratic innovations, democratic theory, citizen participation
Olivier Ruchet PhD Researcher
University of Zurich

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Research interests: Democratic theory, radical democracy, contemporary political theory, European Union
DemocracyNet Managing Board member 2020-2022
Victor Sanchez-Mazas PhD Researcher
Insitute of Citizenship Studies, University of Geneva
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Research interests: Democratic theory, deliberative democracy, participatory mechanisms
Martha Sandoval PhD Researcher
University of Zurich
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Research interests: Democratic institutions, representation, participation, democratic innovations, direct democracy, democratic theory, Latin America
Antoinette Scherz Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Public and International Law, Oslo University
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Research interests: International political theory, institutional design, legitimacy, democratic theory and the concept of peoples
DemocracyNet co-coordination 2011-2016
Antoinette Scherz
Maximilian Schubiger PhD Researcher, Assistant and editor at the Année Politique Suisse
University of Bern, Institut für Politikwissenschaft
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Research Interests: Direct democracy (in Switzerland), democratic theories, legitimacy, political rights, checks and balances
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Arno Stirnimann PhD Researcher
University of Zurich

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Research interests: Political theory (realism), history of political thought (early-modern theories of the state), political ethics (dirty hands theory), state secrecy in liberal democracies
Michael Strebel Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute of Political Studies at the University of Lausanne
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Research interests: Public opinion, urban politics, multilevel governance, democratic legitimacy, comparative politics
DemocracyNet mailing list 2017-2022; member management 2018-2022
Chiara Valsangiacomo PhD Researcher
Doctoral Program Democracy Studies, University of Zurich

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Research interests:
Democratic theory, liquid democracy
DemocracyNet Vice-President 2020-2022; network coordinator 2020-2022
Francesco Veri Postdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

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Research interests: 
Democratic innovations, deliberative democracy, direct democracy, set theory and fuzzy logic applied to social science
Simone Wegmann Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Postdam
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Research interests: Comparative politics, parliamentary institutions, democratization, political attitudes, human rights regimes
DemocracyNet new membership manager 2016-2022
Rebecca Welge Researcher, Lecturer, Civic Education Trainer
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Research interests: EU Citizenship, democratic governance beyond the state, citizens’ perceptions in democracy, models of democracy
DemocracyNet founder and coordinator 2011-2016; Managing Board member 2016-2018; webpage creation and administrative management 2011-2020
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Managing Board 2020-2022

Lea Heyne (President)
Chiara Valsangiacomo (Vice-president)
Odile Ammann (Treasurer)
Henri-Pierre Mottironi (Working Paper Series Editor)
Palmo Brunner, Alice el-Wakil, Deborah Kalte, Olivier Ruchet

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