The overarching objective of DEMO-net is to strengthen scientific, technological and social research excellence in eParticipation by integrating the research capacities of individuals and organisations spread across Europe.
To establish a virtual centre of excellence in eParticipation research that will extend and enhance Europe’s research capabilities in eParticipation and support the dialogue between government and citizens. In detail it will deliver a sustainable eParticipation research community of both theoretical and application-driven researchers. PhDs is the way to sustain the research area Therefore in order to ensure sustainability it is vital to focus on the emerging researchers and therefore much focus will be on the development of PhD programs and the encouragement of the associated students. In order to prepare future researchers and all level of researchers there is a need to expose them to the pressing problems faced by our representative model of democracy. Finally it will provide significant contribution to policy….
DEMO-net: Network of Excellence in eParticipation
Civil society disengages from formal political processes (such as voting and joining parties)
A crisis of public trust in governments
The above threaten the representative model of democracy
The emerging field:
eParticipation is an emerging research domain that attempts to re-engage people in the democratic process by investigating the development and use of Information and Communication Technologies. eParticipation aims at making decision-making more transparent, inclusive and accessible.
To strengthen scientific, technological & social research excellence in eParticipation:
To achieve a lasting integration of currently fragmented research in eParticipation
To stimulate joint research in the agreed research areas of DEMO-net
To disseminate DEMO-net research amongst eParticipation stakeholders
To provide a barometer of research effectiveness for eParticipation in Europe by establishing a corpus of lessons-learnt resource to show what kind of projects have delivered what kind of results and thereby considered effective for eParticipation.
Investigation of integration challenges and how to overcome them ✔
Setting up European eParticipation virtual research centre
Exchange of researchers between institutions ✔
Placement of researchers in regions
Focused workshops ✔
PhD student seminars ✔
Students’ exchange programs
Students’ field studies
DEMO-net partner relationships DEMO-net: building the eParticipation community Eg: the EU-NSF networking at EGOV Other research groups in Europe Research groups contracted to DEMO-net R&D groups outside EU Industry governments civil society