Some of DemocracyNet’s activities have been organized in collaboration with external partners. These organizations – research centers, institutional structures, networks, or civil society associations – have provided us with essential resources in terms of funding, expertise, opportunities, or advice.

The co-organization arrangements specifying the contribution of the various organizers have been designed specifically for the project at stake. A more detailed description of the role each of these partner played in our activities can be found on our Activities page.

We hope for new collaborations on specific projects in the future. If you are interested in collaborations with DemocracyNet, please contact us.

Main partners


The Doctoral Program Democracy Studies has been established in 2006 by the NCCR Democracy as a Swiss training center for junior scholars in democracy research. In 2013, the program was re-structured and institutionalized at the University of Zurich. It is now open to doctoral students in political science, media and communication science and philosophy who are interested in theoretical and/or empirical issues of democracy research.

The peer-group poliTics unites doctoral and postdoctoral students in political science from the University of Zurich and the ETHZurich. It supports the organization of academic and transfer events.

The UZH Graduate Campus is a university-wide institution and provides a stimulating multidisciplinary research environment, thereby facilitating a wide range of networking, cooperation and socializing opportunities for young researchers. Through the Graduate Campus the University of Zurich is aiming towards further enabling junior researchers to take full potential of the research location and resources of a multidisciplinary, comprehensive university.
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Further partners

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The Conseil des jeunes d’Yverdon is an institution representing the youth of the city of Yverdon-les-Bains (CH). It organizes debates and other events on issues affecting the youth.

DARE Blog informs about upcoming events in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education such as conferences, e-learning courses, studies, and more…

Denknetz is a leftist, independent think network based in Switzerland. Since 2004, a growing number of members develop projects on various issues of political life.

The Deutsch-Französisches Institut Ludwigsburg (dfi) is an independent non-profit organisation devoted to research on and documentation of contemporary France and the advancement of Franco-German relations within the European context. As a platform for dialogue between the two countries, the institute has been guiding and shaping Franco-German cooperation in the fields of politics, economics and society for over sixty years. is a neutral and transparent organisation whose aim is to encourage the political participation of young Swiss adults, notably through providing information on upcoming popular votes.

EUDO Cafe is a place for discussing ideas on the challenges facing democracy in today’s Europe. Since Spring 2010, it hosts periodical, invited posts inspired by current events in worldwide and European politics, by groundbreaking research at EUDO, as well as by debates in the press.

EUDO Citizenship Forum encourages open debates based on evidence and knowledge, and conducted in a spirit of mutual respect.

Hinterfragt – der Ethik Podcast gathers a series of interviews with philosophers on various ethical issues. Launched by Andeas Cassee and Anna Goppel, it is a collaboration between the Center for Ethics of the University of Zurich and the University of Bern. The podcasts are both in German and in English.

Ici – La Dérivée is an association promoting cultural, participatory, sustainable, and intergenerational activities in the city of Yverdon-les-Bains (CH).

The Institut Zukunft is an institute engaged in promoting dialogue between the civil society and the economic sphere for future oriented solutions.

Karl der Grosse, in the centre of Zurich, is a platform that aims at offering opportunities to engage with societal and political themes and a promoting democratic practices.

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Democracy was a 12-years a multidisciplinary research programme based at the University of Zurich that examined the key challenges to democracy today. It was a great support for the launch of DemocracyNet. and its blog on political philosophy focuses on the work of philosophers based in Switzerland. aims at creating a forum for political theorists and philosophers. It displays opinion articles, books and conferences reviews as well as annouces regarding upcoming academic events.

The Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau is an academic reasearch centre of the University of Zurich and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) dealing on an interdisciplinary level with basic research and current scientific issues relating to democracy.