Mission

The “Dahrendorf Forum – Debating Europe” is a joint initiative by the Hertie School of Governance and the London School of Economics and Political Science, funded by Stiftung Mercator.

Since its creation in 2010, the Dahrendorf Project has grown into a major research and policy engagement network focused on debating Europe’s future. It has held three successful Dahrendorf Symposia in Berlin in 2011, 2013 and most recently in May 2016. Over its first three cycles, the project – now known as the Dahrendorf Forum – has gained valuable experience of injecting academic ideas into policy debates. It has also become a recognized example of successful transnational co-operation. The project has helped to strengthen the institutional links between the two academic partners, becoming the centrepiece of intellectual collaboration between the Hertie School and LSE. Starting out as a British-German collaboration, the Dahrendorf initiative has gradually grown into a broader European project, drawing together a wide network from across many different countries, and now with even greater relevance in the emerging post-‘Brexit’ environment.

The Dahrendorf Team generates and disseminates social science research that is both policy-relevant and of the highest standard. The researchers concentrate on generating impact with high-level policy makers and practitioners closer to the centres of political action and decision-making in Berlin, London and Brussels.