Mapping civic education in Europe

Mapping & Research

“Mapping civic education in Europe” is one of our key programmes. Together with partners, we are identifying the main actors of civic education in 21 countries in Europe, both in non-formal and informal civic education. We want to learn what are the topics they work with, which groups of society they focus on, and whether and how they cooperate with others. Finally, we want to analyse their needs to help inform the work of those supporting civil society in Europe. The data will be made available on an interactive map including a network analysis. A series of reports, both national and comparative, will be published below and at LSE Ideas Ratiu Forum Blog.

The project is supported by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb).

Our local partners in each of the mapped countries have a key role in the process. They not only support us to identify civic education actors in each of the 21 countries, but also offer invaluable insights into the local ecosystems of civic education. Currently the mapping is underway in 5 pilot countries and will be followed by another 16 in 2022.


Sofia Platform
The Sofia Platform Foundation is a non-governmental organization working in the field of history and civic education since 2013, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Its work is focused in these three main fields: enhancing democratic political culture through citizenship education and civic dialogue; promoting remembrance and dealing with the communist past through historical dialogue and education; and informing the debate on historical legacy, transition and democracy consolidation through research and public dialogue (discussions).

Dobrena Petrova


Stiftung Wissen am Werk
Zaklada Znanje na Djelu
Znanje na djelu/Wissen am Werk is a Croatian based NGO bringing together the worlds of education and business. With its programs, ZND brings pupils to companies and institutions where they can see and experience occupations first-hand. By helping pupils decide which career to choose in the diverse world of business, ZND actively takes part in empowering future citizens.

Dunja Vuković


Civil Society Institute
The Civil Society Institute is a centre for the analysis of public policy, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Its goals include the dissemination of information relevant to public policy issues, and implementation of educational projects. The Civil Society Institute was founded by the Open Society Fund in Lithuania and President Valdas Adamkus Foundation in July 2004.

Ieva Petronytė


Institute of Public Affairs Foundation
Institute of Public Affairs, IPA (Warsaw) is a leading Polish think tank and an independent centre for policy research and analysis, established in 1995 (website: Its mission is to contribute to informed public debate on key Polish, European and global policy issues. Its main areas of study include European policy, social policy, civil society, migration and development policy as well as law and democratic institutions.

Filip Pazderski


Tomaž Deželan, Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana and Assistant Secretary-General of the University of Ljubljana

Tomaž Deželan coordinated more than 17 basic and applicative research projects related to youth and citizenship education. His current projects include research on citizenship education of youth, capacity of youth organizations, and the effects of the Erasmus + programme on youth (RAY), prevention of radicalization of youth, transition of youth to the world of work, entrepreneurship of young people, substantive political representation of young people, shrinking youth civic spaces and political participation of youth. Prof. Deželan acted as consultant of various international organizations active in the field of youth as well as governments and local authorities. He authored or co-authored more than 70 academic works and policy papers.

Tomaž Deželan
University of Ljubljana