Central European University (CEU) established the CEU Democracy Institute to examine and seek solutions to the multiple challenges democracy faces across the globe today.
Building on CEU’s 30-year legacy of world-class research, teaching and outreach, the Institute is based in Budapest. Nevertheless, it is global in scope. The Institute plans research and teaching projects with key partners including the Open Society University Network (OSUN), a new global consortium of educational institutions led by CEU and Bard College, and CIVICA, a pan-European collaborative of eight leading universities jointly seeking solutions to European and global social, economic, and political challenges.
The CEU Democracy Institute strives to enable the renewal and strengthening of democratic and open societies through world-class research, collaboration across academic and professional disciplines, teaching and learning via the free exchange of ideas, and public engagement on a local, regional, and global scale.
The Institute is led by Laszlo Bruszt, professor of sociology specializing in regime change and former acting president and rector of CEU and Eva Fodor, sociologist, associate professor of gender studies and former pro-rector for the social sciences and humanities at CEU.
The Institute’s research is initially focused on four areas of crucial importance to the current state of democracy around the globe:
- democracy in history;
- de- and re-democratization;
- media and technologies, and
- the rule of law.
The Institute’s prominent researchers and top-notch facilities enable it to attract high-caliber thinkers, become a key convener of free debate and dialogue across disciplines and professions and host collaboration that aims to create new knowledge.