In the spirit of Lord Ralf Dahrendorf's own example, the Dahrendorf Forum – Debating Europe is an initiative which promotes interdisciplinary European debate about key issues in society. An emphasis is placed on social science research and engagement with policymakers as well as with the public.
More about the project
The Dahrendorf Forum is a joint initiative between the Hertie School and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), hosted by the Hertie School in Berlin and the LSE’s foreign policy think tank LSE IDEAS in London, and supported by Stiftung Mercator. It honours the legacy of the late politician, social scientist and former Director of the LSE Lord Ralf Dahrendorf (1919-2009). Since its creation in 2010, the Forum’s main aim has been to provide a space for open discussion between academics, policymakers and relevant practitioners in government and administration, encouraging constructive reflection on the mid- to long-term strategic challenges facing Europe.
The current project cycle (2017-19) focuses on the strategic challenges posed by recent significant changes in the political landscape of Europe. In 2016, Britain’s historic vote to leave the EU was one manifestation of wider trends that have seen growing tension between nationalism and international cooperation, a hardening of attitudes towards immigration and the rise of populism. All of these issues call into question the future of the European project and the aspiration towards ‘ever closer union’. They affect such matters as relations between the EU and non-EU countries within Europe; future developments in existing EU policy fields (e.g. fiscal and monetary policy, migration policy, foreign and security policy, judicial cooperation); further integration and institutional development within the EU; and the development of political culture and values in Europe.
Dahrendorf working groups
The fourth research cycle “The future of Europe: Strategic options for an era of uncertainties” has two working groups:
- one located in London looking at the future of European governance (Co-Chairs: Kevin Featherstone and Iain Begg of the European Institute at LSE) and
- the other in Berlin examining Europe’s societal change and politics (Co-Chairs: Andrea Römmele and Helmut K. Anheier of the Hertie School).
Each working group brings together experienced researchers from the Hertie School, LSE’s European Institute and LSE IDEAS, alongside other leading academics and policymakers from the UK, Germany and other European countries.
Dahrendorf Forum structure
A Dahrendorf Team at the Hertie School and the LSE, composed of Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Associates and the project management, supports this two-year research and outreach process.
Alongside the working groups, the Dahrendorf Committee plays a central role in the direction and dissemination of the project research. This carefully-selected group of high-profile practitioners and experts draws upon their experience to advise and steer the research process and help facilitate engagement with policymaking circles.
The Committee meets twice a year, either at the Hertie School in Berlin or at the LSE in London. Its members are also invited to join expert workshops and public panel discussions which take place throughout the two-year cycle at both institutions and in Brussels.
Dahrendorf academic publications and online activities
The Forum's website is updated on a regular basis with academic research, relevant policy briefs and analysis made by the Dahrendorf team. Moreover, research is presented via major academic journals (e.g. International Politics or Global Policy). The Dahrendorf blog features contributions by the Dahrendorf research team as well as from external experts who are invited to share their perspectives on issues relating to EU external relations (see www.dahrendorf-forum.eu).
The Dahrendorf Forum website
Faculty and researchers
Andrea Römmele, Professor for Communication in Politics and Civil Society
Daniela Stockmann, Professor of Digital Politics and Media
Mareike Kleine, Professor of Global and European Governance
Wolfgang Seibel, Adjunct
Alexandru Filip, Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow
Gesa-Stefanie Brincker, Manager of the Dahrendorf Forum
Marie Wachinger, Research Associate
Marcel Hadeed, Research Associate
Edward Knudsen, Research Associate
Christoph Abels, Doctoral Programme in Governance 2017