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The PhD program “Fortschrittskolleg Online Participation”

Tobias Escher, Lars Heilsberger and Martin Mauve


Using the Internet to involve citizens in decision-making represents both a promise and a challenge. The PhD program “Fortschrittskolleg Online Participation” brings together more than a dozen PhD students from six different disciplines with practitioners from local administration and consulting companies that initiate and implement real-world participatory processes on the Internet. This article introduces the program's main research aims and provides a summary of its structure that represents a response to the challenges of such a multi- and transdisciplinary research effort.

Funding statement: Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Received: 2015-8-14
Accepted: 2015-9-19
Published Online: 2015-12-1
Published in Print: 2015-12-28

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