Our Research

At d|part we are con­vinced that cur­rent debates about polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion require empir­i­cal foun­da­tions. All too often, dis­cus­sions are based on recur­rent and unfound­ed argu­ments or the sub­jec­tive per­cep­tions of the respec­tive com­men­ta­tors.


At d|part, we seek to make con­tri­bu­tions to these dis­cus­sions that are based on high-qual­i­ty research. There­fore we con­duct projects that analyse pub­lic opin­ion and pol­i­cy mak­ing in detail. These analy­ses form the foun­da­tion for tar­get­ed plans for inter­ven­tion in and sup­port of polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion.


The aim of our work at d|part is to pro­duce research results of the high­est stan­dards. Besides an aca­d­e­m­ic audi­ence, our work is explic­it­ly meant to inform prac­ti­tion­ers and the wider pub­lic and is always pre­pared in an acces­si­ble man­ner.

Research Areas

In our research, we cur­rent­ly focus on the fol­low­ing three the­mat­ic areas: Europe, youth polit­i­cal engage­ment, and insti­tu­tions and cit­i­zens.