NCCR Democracy

2005 series

Home institution: University of Zurich

The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Democracy – Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century" explores how democracy develops in the current conditions created by globalisation and mediatisation.

On the one hand, decision structures at nation-state level are being increasingly called into question in the face of growing European integration and globalisation, on the other, the media exercise a growing influence on politics and public debates that are important aspects of democracies. The NCCR "Democracy" achieves a combination of political, journalism and communication sciences that is unique in Europe. It aims to develop proposals for improving political decision-making processes, political education and the quality of media reporting. The NCCR launched the Centre for Democracy in Aarau.

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact details

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    NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Daniel Kübler
    NCCR Democracy
    Universität Zürich
    Affolternstrasse 56
    CH-8050 Zürich
    Tel. +41 (0) 44 634 38 86
    daniel.kuebler@ipz.uzh.chExternal Link Icon

    Management / Koordination

    Yvonne Rosteck
    NCCR Democracy
    Universität Zürich
    Affolternstrasse 56
    CH-8050 Zürich
    Tel. +41 (0) 44 634 52 02
    rosteck@nccr-democracy.uzh.chExternal Link Icon

  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR Democracy in its third funding period, i.e. over the maximum permissible running time of twelve years.

    Financing 2005 – 2017 (Swiss Francs)

    Funding source




    SNSF grant




    Funds of Zurich University




    Group funds of the project participants




    External funds








  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    ​For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR Democracy consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF:

    Thomas Griessen
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    CH-3001 Bern
    +41 (0) 31 308 23 51
    thomas.griessen@snf.chExternal Link Icon

  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an i​​mportant role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR Democracy:

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR Democracy to promote young researchers and gender equality.