Democracy is not a comprehensive, self-defining, or static idea. Its meaning evolves as it travels through different political, cultural, disciplinary, and personal boundaries. The aim of the Democracy Research Network is exactly to discuss its different meanings, learn and share the different ways in which scholars across Tampere University are engaging with democracy in their research, and strengthen the collaboration between researchers working on this field.

You are welcome to join to build an interdisciplinary network bringing together Tampere University’s researchers from different disciplines and faculties doing research on democracy, citizen participation as well as on patient and public involvement. Through different activities and events based on the members’ interests and ideas, the network will help to get to know each other, identify common research topics, create new research cooperation, improve stakeholder cooperation and societal impact, further develop multidisciplinary democracy research, and strengthen democracy research at TAU.

The network is open to all those interested in and working on democracy research at Tampere University. Join by sending an email to Anni Jäntti (anni.jantti@tuni.fi) or join the  Teams group directly. The main communication channel is the Teams group  TG-democracy-network and it is open to all members of the university community.

Democracy research is related to two of our university’s strategic research areas: The future of well-being and sustainable cities, and it is also linked to two profile areas of TAU: Sustainable Welfare Systems (SWS) and Sustainable Transformation of Urban Environment (STUE).