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Discussion event: "How to Strengthen Climate Democracy with Deliberative Citizen Participation?"

17th May 13.00-16.00
Tweekerkenstraat 2, Ghent

Event focus

Mini-publics like citizen assemblies and citizen juries have been practiced in all corners of the world to combat the shortcomings of our democracies. Can these representative and deliberative processes encourage governments to take actions desperately needed for climate transitions? 

Come and discuss along with researchers and active citizens from Estonia, Belgium and UK!


Bridging the worlds of research and civil society

This event aims to bring together the worlds of research and civil society to find ways to work together towards climate action. If you see yourself as a researcher, activist or civil society worker then this dialogue event is for you. 



Hyperlocal discussion between Estonia, Belgium and the UK: "How to Strengthen Climate Democracy with Deliberative Citizen Participation?"

Speakers introducing the topic: 

from London: Alina Averchenkova (London School of Economics and Political Science)
from Ghent: Precious Unegbu (Ghent University)
from Tartu: Teele Pehk (DD Foundation) and Vitalii Tribelgorn (citizen assembly participant)

All event participants are highly encouraged to join the discussion! 

Discussion is held in English.




Local Discussion: "How can civil society and research work together for the climate?"

All Ghent attendees are invited to share their experiences of working towards climate transitions.

Event location

Tweekerkenstraat 2

Faculty of Economy and Business Administration
Ghent University

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Ghent University is an open, pluralistic and socially engaged university. It is more than 200 years old, offers more than 200 programmes (including 64 English-taught master’s programmes) and conducts in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains.

ReTool project

Discussion introduces a new research project called ReTool.

Over the next 3 years, the ReTool project seeks to both address the climate crisis and also reinvigorate and strengthen democratic processes and structures. The project posits that these are ‘twin challenges’ which are linked, and it seeks to deepen understanding of the relationship between them.

ReTool is a Horizon Europe project funded by the European Union