Rethinking and Reshapingthe EU’s Democracy Supportin Its Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods
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Justus Liebig University Giessen - Coordinator

Founded in 1607, the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) is a research university rich in tradition that attracts around 28,000 students. In addition to a broad range of courses – from the classical natural sciences to law and economics, social and educational sciences and linguistics and cultural studies – it offers a spectrum of life sciences that is unique not only in the State of Hesse: human and veterinary medicine, agricultural, environmental and nutritional sciences and food chemistry. Among the great personalities who have researched and taught at JLU are a number of Nobel Prize winners, including Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (Nobel Prize for Physics 1901) and Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize 2004). Since 2006, research at JLU has been continuously funded in the Excellence Initiative or Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments.

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Prof Dr Andrea Gawrich


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Fabian Schöppner


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Lea Konrad


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Murad Nasibov


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Maraike Nicole Vandergrift


Role within SHAPEDEM-EU

As the co-ordinating institution of SHAPEDEM-EU, the JLU Giessen team will work to promote research synergies and ensure that our consortium meets its ambitious goals. JLU will promote the collaboration between partners across work packages and the scientific excellence of their outputs through quality controls. In addition, the JLU also leads its own work package on Academic Synthesis and Policy Recommendations to facilitate the coordinating efforts and harmonise research findings contributing to practical and tangible policy recommendations for EU policymakers.

Our vision for SHAPEDEM-EU

SHAPEDEM-EU’s emphasis on the mutual democratic learning of all stakeholders is an inspired approach to democracy support, which can mark a turning in how the EU can work together with its neighbours. I am excited to see the insights that this consortium will produce as well as the impact on practices of democracy both in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood as well as in the EU.

- from Fabian Schöppner