Mapping & Research
Our Mapping Civic Education in Europe programme is a dynamic initiative continuously evolving by adding new countries to the first-ever pan-European virtual map of civic educators. We have been able to reach out to civic education actors from 21 countries, both in non-formal and informal education, together with partners. We identified the topics they cover, their target groups, and their cooperation with others. Additionally, we analyzed their needs to help inform the work of those supporting civil society in Europe. In 2023 we are continuing with further development of our map by adding 10 new countries. For additional information, please refer to our FAQ section.
The data collected from the initial 21 countries is available on an interactive map with network visualization. For more information on the project methodology, comparative findings, and recommendations, please refer to the REPORT titled “Great Expectations: Demands and Realities of Civic Education in Europe.”
LSE Ideas Ratiu Forum Blog featured a collection of the Mapping Civic Education in Europe expert opinions, on a national level.
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 play a vital role in the process. They not only help us identify civic education actors but also provide valuable insights into the local ecosystems of civic education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Oxygono is a non-profit non-governmental organisation registered in 2014 and headquartered in Cyprus. It works to improve the policy-making process in Cyprus and beyond to make it more participatory, transparent, and science-based. It is made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds. It is a fully independent organization, governed by a five-member board of directors, a ten-member executive committee, and a number of advisory bodies. The organization does not express a specific opinion. The idea and vision of Oxygono are above every person who participates in its actions. Oxygono provides a platform for different points of view to be heard. Apart from the various projects that Oxygono participates in regarding the improvement of democratic institutions, its main projects are the Cyprus Forum, Cyprus Forum Cities, Nomoplatform, and the Procedural Law Unit annual symposium.
Association of Non-Formal Education (ANEV)
Efforts of Association of Non-Formal Education (ANEV) focus on perceiving education from a wider kontext than only from the schools‘ perspective. Non-formal education is a tool to change views on education and learning, including civic education. ANEV is an NGO that works on national as well as on international level, developing publications, research and delivering trainings for youth workers and educators to support the quality and diversity of non-formal education and deepen its impact on the learners.
International Academy for Education and Democracy
IAED is a private independent foundation engaged in good governance, democracy, and sustainable development. We build on an understanding of democracy with a focus on shared challenges rather than diverse identities – and see the joint action uniting diversity as essential. We build community through civic learning – and see strong institutions as essential. Currently IAED focuses on the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). We do that through dialogue tools such as games and through local community projects.
Institute of Baltic Studies
The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is an independent non-profit think tank founded in 1996. The main activity fields are applied research, policy analysis, and local and international projects. Our goal is to develop a knowledge-based society by promoting public policy-making in Estonia, the Baltic Sea region, and Europe by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. Over the years, we have developed strong expertise in five major areas whereby civic education has been one of the subtopics:
- migration and integration,
- smart city and sustainable development,
- implementation of IT and technology,
- youth, education, and labor market,
- foresight, political analysis, and evaluation.
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.
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.
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO)
Transfer für Bildung e. V.
Transfer für Bildung e. V. is a non-governmental organization in Germany that supports civic education/education for democratic citizenship (EDC), cultural and arts education, and international youth work. Transfer für Bildung e. V. provides products and services to all working in school or non-formal education, youth work, and adult education as well as researchers, multipliers, and supporters. Its Transferstelle politische Bildung (unit for transfer in EDC) and its project Fachstelle politische Bildung (specialized office for EDC) support the dialogue and transfer of knowledge between (social) sciences and practice. The project collects, records, and analyses empirical research on issues relevant to EDC, and offers recommendations for practitioners in the field. The unit focus on research and scientific monitoring, and advises research institutes, practice, ministries, and politicians in questions of empirical research on education for democratic citizenship.
Dr. Helle Becker
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.
Hungarian Association for Community Development (HACD)
The Hungarian Association for Community Development (HACD) was founded in 1989 by a group of progressive-minded adult education professionals who were convinced that people have the right and responsibility to participate in shaping the world around them, but this also requires professional help (including civic education) and encouragement.
Since 1989, HACD has permanently been doing fieldwork, participating in adult education, and undertaking the tasks of vocation development. Since the late 90s, we have also been involved in higher education. Plenty of local and regional organizations have been born with our help, and hundreds of people (community workers, community developers, and other professionals) have attended our trainings. We have published several books and booklets, our professional review is now published online, four times a year.
Science + Society Research Group, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin
Based in Ireland’s oldest and leading university (QS World University Ranking 2024) the Science + Society Research Group is an interdisciplinary research group that investigates the relationship between science and society through a number of complementary research areas. Our mission is to create a more inclusive and resilient relationship between science and society. The projects we engage in span formal and informal learning settings, operating both as a dedicated research team and in collaboration with civic society partners. Through these initiatives, we strive to advance eco-social justice, critical literacies, and democracy by means of educational interventions.
Dr Caitlin White
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.
European Movement – Latvia, founded in 1997, currently unites more than 700 natural and legal persons. EML works to support civil society and its participation in decision-making both in Latvia and in Europe. In recent years, the main target audience has been young people. Several ambitious projects are implemented every year, both in the framework of formal and informal education, to strengthen the culture of democracy in Latvian schools and promote the civic participation of young people.
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, PhD
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.
Dr Pen Lister is currently an RSO III for the SMARTEL Erasmus+ Project and specialist lecturer in emerging digital pedagogies, based at the Department of Leadership for Learning & Innovation, Faculty of Education, University of Malta. She holds an MA Learning & Teaching in Higher Education and MSc Multimedia Systems, is a (UK) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Member of the British Computer Society. Her recent doctorate investigated learner experience in civic activities as smart learning journeys, using the methodology of Phenomenography. A former Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, she has given lectures and talks at the Royal College of Art and University of Oxford.
Dr. Pen Lister
ProDemos is the ‘House for Democracy and the Rule of Law’. Their job is to help explain the systems that govern democracy and the rule of law, and to show what citizens themselves can do to exert political influence – at municipal, water board, provincial, national and European level. They are active throughout the Netherlands and collaborate with municipal and provincial authorities, district courts and education institutions. For schools ProDemos organises political excursions, guest teachers, role-plays and lesson materials on current topics related to democracy and the rule of law: a wealth of resources for making lessons both concrete and engaging.
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.
Claudia Lenz is a professor of social studies and Chair for the prevention of racism and anti-Semitism at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society. She also holds a position as a research professor at the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies. Lenz has been a member of the expert group authoring the Council of Europe reference framework Competences for democratic culture and has worked as an expert for the Council of Europe policy advisor network (EPAN). From 2017-2021, she has been a member of the NECE advisory board.
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.
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.
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.
Centre for Education and Innovations (CEDIN)
Centre for Education and Innovations (CEDIN) facilitates active, interactive and multiperspective learning and teaching into formal and informal civics and history education. Focuses on development and delivery of teacher training programs and learning and teaching materials. Cooperates with authorities and stakeholders in providing teacher training programs and actively contributes to projects and programs on European level. CEDIN is an active and proud member of EuroClio.
Institute for Active Citizenship (IPAO):
Institute for Active Citizenship/Inštitút pre aktívne občianstvo (IPAO) was established in 2015 with the vision of contributing to the development of a mature, functional and sustainable civil society based on active, respectful, attentive and critically thinking citizens. They believe that proactive civic attitude has to be systematically developed already in schools, which is why they created an original educational program for teachers called Schools Changing the World. The program combines professional experience and knowledge with the principles of experiential and non-formal education and is available for all types of schools regardless of the school founder type as well as for all the teachers who are interested in developing the potential of active citizenship in their students. IPAO also focuses on the support, development and education of members and coordinators of the student councils at schools and, last but not least, of school directors for whom the Schools Changing the World program offers several tailor-made trainings. In 2018, IPAO initiated to establish the so-called Initiative for Civic Education which networks and interconnects the organisations and individuals working in the field of civic and global education with the aim of jointly promoting systemic change in education towards active citizenship being a key pillar of successful democracy.
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.
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.
Rafael López Meseguer,
Demokratibygget (Building Democracy)
Demokratibygget is a non-profit organization, with the aim of strengthening young people’s democratic knowledge, abilities, and participation in social development. Promoting empowerment and active citizenship is the core purpose. Demokratibygget focuses on supporting schools, municipalities, and organizations in civil society. This is done through teaching methods and materials, competence development, workshops, lectures, and more.
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.
Cedos is an independent think tank and community that has been working on social development since 2010. We believe that everyone has the right to a decent standard of living. Therefore, the goal of Cedos is to find systemic causes of social problems and solutions. Our approach is based on research. We study social processes and public policies, disseminate critical knowledge, promote and implement progressive change, inform and strengthen the community that supports this change.
Ivan Verbytskyi, director
Mapping in Ukraine 2023 consists of creating a country expert opinion piece only.
Learn About Britain
Learn About Britain is a UK charity educating young people and new migrants to the UK about British citizenship, values, and history. We work within formal education settings and in communities to improve civic education in the UK. We were founded by Joe Hayman, the author of British Voices and British Journey and the former Managing Director of the Holocaust Educational Trust UK.
Joe Hayman, founder