The Social Science Research Institute at Åbo Akademi University invites international scholars to apply for a Visiting Fellowship Program. Visiting Fellowships are intended to foster research and writing suitable for publication in a journal. Applicants should be engaged in cutting-edge empirical or theoretical work in the fields of public opinion, political behavior, electoral studies or democratic innovations, and hold an ongoing position at a university or research institution.
Visiting scholars are expected to be in residence at Åbo Akademi for the fellowship period and participate fully in the academic life of the Institute, engaging with both researchers and faculty members. The Institute is located at both campuses of the University, in Åbo (Turku) and Vasa (Vaasa).
Previous visiting fellows include:
Hans Asenbaum, University of Westminster, September – December 2018
Theme: Anonymity and deliberation on the internet
André Bächtiger, March 2016 – February 2017
Theme: Deliberative democracy in connection with minorities and underrepresented groups
Hilde Coffe, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, June 2017, (1 month)
Theme: The effect of political candidates’ background on voters’ support for candidates
Stephen Elstub, May 2014 (1 month)
Theme: Citizens’ juries
Jean-Paul Gagnon, September 2019
Theme: Democracy’s Linguistic Artefacts
Holly Garnett, McGill University, Montreal, April – June 2017
Theme: Electoral management and electoral integrity
Brigitte Geißel, April – September 2008
Theme: Democratic participative innovations and citizens in the EU
Sergiu Ghergina, Frankfurt, May 2017 (1 month)
Theme: The ways in which direct democracy has an instrumental purpose for political parties
Henry Milner, spring 2008
Theme: The challenge of civic literacy facing contemporary democracies, that of maintaining and fostering an informed, attentive and participating citizenry
Simon Niemeyer, May – June 2012,
Theme: Scaling up deliberation
Jonathan Rinne, Frankfurt, September – October 2015 (2 months)
Theme: Citizens Set the Course. Elaborating and Testing a New Approach to Translating Preferences into Political Decisions by Utilizing Program-Voting on Goals
Åsa von Schoultz, Mid Sweden University, March – April 2017 (2 months)
Theme: Citizens’ preferences for political processes
Further information on how to apply to be a guest at our institution for 2020 can be found here.
Partnerships and Cooperation
The Social Science Research Institute at Åbo Akademi University and its researchers are actively engaged with other research institutions and networks.
The Finnish Centre for Democracy Studies (FinDem) was established in 2015 by the discipline of Political Science of the University of Turku and disciplines of Political Science and Public Administration together with the Social Science Research Institute of Åbo Akademi University.
Åbo Akademi University has signed a Memory of Understanding (MOU) with Stanford University in Palo Alto, California as part of its research profiling. The MOU, which was signed with the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy, primarily involves researcher mobility and joint research. The agreement is the result of co-operation between Professor James Fishkin of Stanford and Professor Kimmo Grönlund from our institute. Fishkin’s model for Deliberative Polling® is currently used by policy-makers all over the world.
The Institute conducts interdisciplinary research in governance and policy analysis to deepen theory, advance knowledge and improve practice, in a way that is of significance to scholars and practitioners in Australia and internationally.
Democratic Innovations is a standing group at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). The focus is on innovations that aim at deepening “thin” representative democracy and their impacts on communities, structures, systems, policies and democratic participation.
Deliberative Democracy Summer School
The Deliberative Democracy Summer School is now at its third edition. The first and second were organised by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Camberra, Australia, the third and last one was held in Åbo/Turku, Finland between 27 – 29 June 2018 and its topic was “Implementing Citizen Deliberation as a Democratic Practice”.