Prof. Dr Patrizia Nanz

Scientific Director
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Research Interests

  • Transformation for sustainability, democratic innovation, citizen participation, civil society, transnational governance, the European political project, technology assessment (climate change, biotechnology, energy transition, long-term storage solutions for nuclear waste)


  • since 1/2017 FutureTalks - Engaging Citizens in Exploring Toronto's Future 
  • June 2014–today Democratic Agendas
  • 2013–2016 DEMOENERGY – The Transformation of the Energy System as the Engine for Democratic Innovations, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 2011–2013 Participedia – A Global Partnership to Create and Mobilize Knowledge about Democratic Innovations, financed by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2007-2010 Fundamental Rights in the European Union, within the framework of the European research network “Resources, Rights and Capabilities: in Search of Social Foundations for Europe” (Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union)
  • 2005–2009 Giving New Subjects a Voice: Migrants, Organizations and Integration into the Health Care System (Germany, Italy, Canada), financed by the Volkswagen Foundation
  • 2004–2010 Civil Society Participation in International and European Governance, financed within the EU integrated project “New Modes of Governance” (Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union)
  • 2002–2010 Participation and Legitimation in International Organizations, as part of the Collaborative Research Centre (597) “Transformations of the State”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at the University of Bremen

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2013–2016 Head of the Research Area “Culture of Participation” at the Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities (KWI Essen)
  • 2009–today Founder and scientific director of the European Institute for Public Participation (EIPP), Bremen
  • 2008–today Professor of Political Theory at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), University of Bremen (seconded to KWI Essen since 2013)
  • 2005–2006 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Institute for Advanced Studies (Berlin)
  • 2005–2008 Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for European Law and Politics, University of Bremen (ZERP)
  • 2003 Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT (Cambridge, Mass., USA)
  • 2002–2005 Assistant Professor for “Transnational Relationships and Political Theory” at the Graduate School of Social Science (GSSS), University of Bremen
  • 2002 Marie Curie Post-doc Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University (London); Research project “Democracy, Deliberation and Learning at the Transnational Level: Risk Regulation in the European Union and the World Trade Organisation”
  • 2001 Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute “Right of the Common Goods” (Bonn)
  • 1994-1997 Senior Editor responsible for the non-fiction programme and the humanities department of the publishing house Giangiacomo Feltrinelli (Milan)
  • 1992-1994 Freelance Editor for social and political sciences at the S. Fischer Verlag; Conceived and edited the interdisciplinary book series "Philosophie der Gegenwart" on current issues in philosophy and social sciences (14 volumes) at the Fischer Taschenbuchverlag (Frankfurt/Main)

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

(most of these are available as PDF files from


Edited Volumes

Articles in journals (peer-reviewed)

Articles in Journals and Edited Volumes

Further Information