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.

For more information on the Mapping programme and its approach please check our FAQ page!

You can also watch our introductory video below!

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.


IREX Albania
IREX Albania is the official branch of IREX, a global development and education organization. IREX invests in youth and communities by promoting quality education, professional development, civic engagement, and job skills. In Albania, IREX is focusing on media literacy projects for young and adult audiences, throughout the country. Their programs aim at building resilience to misinformation and propaganda among consumers of news and aim to amplify diverse youth citizen journalists and facilitate civic participation by engaging youth on issues of interest.

Emiljano Kaziaj, PhD


Austrian Society for Civic Education | Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politische Bildung – ÖGPB
The Austrian Society for Civic Education is a professional organization, founded in 1977, aiming at the promotion of adult civic education in Austria. It operates an annual national funding program for civic education projects organized by adult education institutions and NGOs. Additionally, the Austrian Society for Civic Education develops and offers a broad variety of training programs and other learning formats. These are directed mainly at adult education professionals.

Rahel Baumgartner,

polis – the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools
polis is the leading pedagogical service institution for citizenship education for Austrian schools. The institution acts as an advisory centre produces materials for teaching and learning, designs trainings for teachers and other multipliers, and operates the largest information platform for citizenship education in Austria.

Dr. Patrica Hladschik, or

Democracy Centre Vienna (Demokratiezentrum Wien)
The Democracy Centre Vienna is an interdisciplinary non-profit organisation, strongly oriented to applying and conveying knowledge. It is a research institution and a virtual knowledge centre with a broad range of multimedia e-content that deals with citizenship education, digital citizenship and political culture; it is concerned with processes of democratization and participation, current socio-political debates with regard to the civil society, commemorative cultures, different concepts of citizenship and migration, democratic citizenship education, the European Union, the media society as well as with IT-transformation and the knowledge society.

Lara Möller,


BELvue museum
The BELvue is much more than a museum on Belgium and its history, it is a project with an ambitious societal goal: to support and stimulate democratic and citizenship education for the public at large, and young people in particular. Exhibitions, workshops, trainings, events…. the power of critical thinking about society is central in all our activities, but always linked to historical conscience and an understanding of the challenges of today.

An Lavens


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


The Peace Education Institute
The Peace Education Institute is a Finnish, politically non-aligned peace organisation for educators who work in formal and non-formal education settings. In practice, this means supporting teachers, youth workers or activists who are interested in creating safer, more inclusive and equal spaces in their work and in wider society. Work is guided by three themes that are anti-racism, equality, and global citizenship. Education, methods, materials, and support are offered for educators and activists in their daily work.

Riikka Jalonen


The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO)
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an international organization in the service of Franco-German cooperation. Founded by the Élysée Treaty in 1963, its mission is to deepen relations between young people from both countries, to strengthen interculturality in our civil societies and to give new impulses for a united Europe. Since 1963, the FGYO has enabled more than 9 million young people from Germany and France to participate in almost 380,000 exchange programmes. Every year, the FGYO sponsors 8,000 encounters involving around 190,000 young people and works with 8,000 partner organizations and project partners. More information here.

Florian Staudt
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO)


Dora Katsamori
Dora Katsamori, Post-doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunication of the National Center for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’ and the Department of Social and Educational Policy of the University of the Peloponnese.

Dora Katsamori holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration, a Master degree in Social Discrimination, Migration and Citizenship and a PhD in the field of prison education. She has a long experience as project coordinator and researcher in European and national funded research projects and as educator in the field of civic and political education. She is also working as consultant of the European Wergeland Center in the field of refugee education in Greece.

Dora Katsamori,
II&T, NCSR ‘Demokritos’
Department of Social and Educational Policy of the University of the Peloponnese


INVALSI is the public research organization entrusted by the Ministry of Education with the evaluation of the Italian education and training system. It carries out periodic and systematic assessments of students’ knowledge and skills; ensures Italian participation in international large-scale surveys in the field of evaluation (such as OECD PISA and TALIS and IEA TIMSS, PIRLS and ICCS), representing the country in the competent bodies; carries out research activities and studies the causes of failure and dropout; provides support and technical assistance to schools and local authorities for the implementation of autonomous monitoring initiatives, evaluation and self-evaluation.

Laura Palmerio


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-Urbonavičienė


Zentrum fir politisch Bildung 
The Zentrum fir politesch Bildung (Centre for Citizenship Education) is an independent foundation, created in 2016. Its aim is to promote active citizenship by offering educational material and activities as well as trainings on political and social topics. Through publications, discussions and exhibitions it promotes the understanding of democratic processes and social challenges. The foundation encourages participation by supporting institutions of formal and non-fomal education in developing or strengthening democratic structures.

Michèle Schilt


The Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje (IDSCS)
The Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje (IDSCS) is a Macedonian based think-tank organisation that is non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit. It was established in 1999 by a group of intellectuals gathered around the idea of democracy, solidarity and civil society. The long term objectives of the Institute include the work on balanced socio-economic development, active citizenship and participative political culture. In this direction, we focus our activities on rule of law, good governance and multi-ethnic and multicultural coexistence. IDSCS’s work is primarily based on sociometric research and project-based activities. We believe that human capital is a key precondition for positive social change, hence we eagerly undertake capacity building projects based on skills and knowledge transfer. Finally, our society’s improvement is directly linked to the availability of resources for self-reflection. In this sense, we advocate policy recommendations and strive to enrich the public discourse through the promotion of evidence-based policy, publishing and public events.

Marko Troshanovski


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. 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


Research Centre on Peoples and Cultures (CEPCEP)
Research Centre on Peoples and Cultures (CEPCEP) is a research centre of the Portuguese Catholic University, established in February 1983. CEPCEP pursues the development of culture, knowledge, advanced research, and co-operation in the intellectual, artistic, technological and scientific fields, bringing together people from different walks in life and from various continents. In accordance with its charter, CEPCEP aims at furthering the understanding of human and cultural interactions throughout the world and the collaboration in the advancement of knowledge in all fields related to human and social behaviour. From 1983 to date CEPCEP has maintained a high academic profile with an adequate geographical representation: Portugal, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Centre has carried out numerous courses, intensive seminars and exhibits a wide portfolio of research projects.

Patricia Dias
Research Centre on Peoples and Cultures (CEPCEP)


Rațiu Democracy Centre
The Rațiu Democracy Centre (Centrul Rațiu pentru Democrație – CRD) was established in 2004 in Turda, Romania, with the support of the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, to maintain, analyse and explore our commitment to democratic values and to honour the significant legacy of Ion Rațiu (1917-2000), today a still widely respected politician who returned to Romania in 1990 after 50 years in exile to support the restoration of a free parliamentary democracy after 47 years of communism.

Alis Costescu,


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


The European Foundation Society and Education
The European Foundation Society and Education creates spaces for reflection about contemporary and strategic issues in education. One of its work areas is the relationship between education and culture, the concept of citizenship and the promotion of democratic values within educational systems. In the light of the research conducted by its analysts and collaborators, it aims at building an open meeting point and creating networks between administrations, the educative community and society.

Lola Velarde,
Rafael López Meseguer,


Ulas Bayraktar was an associate professor of political science working and publishing on civic participation, urban democracy and local governments. He was expelled from  public function for being among the petitioners of a call for peace. He has then founded  a cafe-library (Kültürhane) with other expelled scholars in Mersin, Turkey. Since then they organise talks, meetings and social events to sustain their relationship with the public and continue to read, reflect, write and publish on a wide scope of areas.

Ulas Bayraktar

Mapping in Turkey in 2022 consists of creating a country profile only, while in the next year we will initiate other mapping activities.