Governance & Participation Projects

Samples of Governance & Participation Projects


Citizens’ debate on Space for Europe“

„Citizens’ debate on Space for Europe“ is an event organised jointly with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Missions Publiques. It will be organized on September 10th, 2016 in the whole of Europe at the same day. ICCR will organize the event in Austria. Among other goals the citizens’ debate is aiming at preparing information to the Council of Ministers due in December 2016 that will be provided by ESA. ICCR will be organizing the dialogue in Austria.

EURO-SPACE Project description

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The Future of Electronic Participation: Combining online and offline participation

On the urban, regional, national and European levels citizens’ participation got since an ever increasing attention in public opinion and in the social sciences. With the development of modern ICTs online participation became more and more popular. However, and despite of many individual approaches, a systematic view on how to combine online and offline forms of political participation is still missing.

Hence the need for a workshop that ensures the mutual information of the various stakeholders and to network the different actors. It should bring together political activists, commercial service companies, researchers and traditional political actors.

e-Part Project Description




The European Union finds itself in a serious legitimacy crisis. How can this crisis be overcome and where is or should the European Union be moving towards? There are two distinctive narratives and responses to this question – democracy deficit and the absence of efficient & effective institutions and rules.
In the current discourse these three narratives are seen as distinct. The EUROPUB project has tried to break with this tradition. Hence the project advocated the ‘model’ of a strong democracy as delineated by the notion of the public sphere and democratisation in advanced societies.

EUROPUB Project Description
Final Report Europub
The emergence of a European Political Class
EU Institutional Opportunity Structures
EU Monitoring System


Article: Liana Giorgi, John Crowley & Steven Ney. 2001. Surveying the European Public Space – A Political and Research Agenda. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research Volume 14, Issue 1
Book Publications: Liana Giorgi, Ingmar von Homeyer, Wayne Parsons (eds.). 2007. Democracy in the European Union: Towards the Emergence of a Public Sphere. Routledge


Knowledge Network, Governance in Action

KN has created a Network that provides tools and methodologies to increase public participation in decision and policy making processes. Around 50 local authorities were involved in this INTERREG project. By developing a simple and effective system of information exchange KN brought together city and society to encourage better local policies. The project was led by the Community of Almere (The Netherlands).

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How to Achieve Sustainable Water Ecosystems Management Connecting Research, People and Policy Makers in Europe
The AWARE project funded by the European Commission has looked at how scientific knowledge is used in policy formulation and implementation, and how policy managers interact with the public and civil society in the specific field of water policy in Europe. More specifically, the project addresses the anthropogenic deterioration of water ecosystems in coastal areas.


Raising Citizens Awareness and Appreciation of EU Research on Sustainable Transport in the Urban Environment
MOVE TOGETHER is an EU funded project aiming to enhance citizens’ involvement and direct contribution to urban sustainable mobility by raising citizens’ awareness of European policies and RTD)projects and by looking at their knowledge needs.


European Water Markets between Regulation and Competition
AQUALIBRIUM aims at giving an overview on the current debates and analyses the various models of involvement and co-operation between the public and the private water sector in all EU member states.


Raising Citizens and Stakeholders Awareness, Acceptance and Use of New Regional and Urban Sustainability Approaches in Europe
The project aims at raising the awareness and testing the acceptance and usability of results achieved by the recently closed or ongoing EU research projects on urban sustainability.

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Art Festivals and the European Public Culture

The EU funded EURO-FESTIVAL project dealt with artistic festivals and the latter’s relation to the European public sphere, hence citizenship, politics and identity. The idea behind the project was related to the ideas developed in the EURO-PUB project: strengthening Europe by increasing the European identity.

Project Description
Final Report


The Future of Social Sciences and Humanities: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches

The report on the future of social sciences and humanities delivered to the Austrian Ministy of Science and Research is based upon some relevant EU projects in the field. Science and research have undergone a remarkable shift of attention. Science and research have not only to meet the traditional criteria of excellence, validity and reliability, but have to be evaluated against the criteria of valorisation. Hence, social sciences and the humanities are confronted with the following challenge: How can the social sciences and humanities better address the needs of societies in the future?

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Peace processes in community conflicts: From understanding the roots of conflicts to conflict resolution

The aim of this EU funded project has been to investigate and help European decision makers understand the origins and causes of conflicts currently taking place in Europe, and evaluate their developments, as some of them may interfere with, and even threaten, the standards of democracy the European Union seeks to promote. In order to do so, the PEACE-COM project has studied community conflicts drawn from the range of possible types inside the European Union and in its vicinity and the effects of accommodation policies or of Europeanisation on these conflicts. In the framework of the INTAS programme and beyond the PEACE-COM project the ICCR has organised a special meeting with researchers from the former Soviet Union to explore ways how to overcome the conflicts in this area.

Final Report INTAS
Publication: Liana Giorgi & Niki Rodousakis (eds). 2006. Special Issue: Community Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Era. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, Volume 19, Issue 3-4


Health Matters: A Social Science and Ethnographic Study of Patient and Professional Involvement in the Governance of Converging Technologies in Medicine

The HealthGovMatters project was a EU funded collaborative research project. It was undertaken by a consortium of four institutions – Zeppelin University in Germany, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences and the ICCR Foundation in Austria, and Goldsmiths’ College in the United Kingdom. Over the course of three years, the researchers used rich social science and ethnographic methods, including textual analysis, interviews, and participant observation to explore the ways in which patients, family members, health professionals and researchers engage with the development, implementation and governance of predictive, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and related medical knowledge.

Final Report
Publication: Vadrot, Alice (2012): ‘Rather a Manager and Networker than a Researcher’: Converging Technologies in the Clinic, in: Innovation – The European Journal of Social Science Research, Vol. 26, Issue No. 3