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Franziska Eckardt

PhD researcher

University of Twente | BMS / Digital Society Institute / Public Administration
Campus building Cubicus, room C-323 | T: +31 (0)53 – 489 6303 |

General information

Franziska Eckardt is a PhD candidate at the University of Twente since 2016. Her research interest focuses on mini-publics, also known as 'democratic innovations'. These innovative practices and institutions aim to promote the integration of citizen knowledge into local policy strategies and decision-making processes. This concerns the role of organised citizen participation in a broad sense: institutionalised citizens' initiatives as an opportunity to facilitate ideas, experiences and expertise of citizens in a city, village or neighbourhood.

In her dissertation, Franziska focuses in particular on three Dutch G1000 initiatives in the province of Overijssel (Borne, Enschede and Steenwijkerland) and wants to investigate the impact of these G1000 initiatives on local decision-making processes. Her research is supervised by Prof. Marcel Boogers (Public Administration (PA)), Dr. Henk van der Kolk (Research Methodology, Measurement and Data Analysis (OMD)), and Dr. Don Westerheijden (Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS)).

Franziska holds a Bachelor's Degree in European Public Administration (Cum Laude, 2015) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude, 2016) from the University of Twente. During her time as a BA/MA student, she participated successfully in the BA Design Track and the Research Masters Honours programme of the University of Twente.


  • Citizen participation in local governance
  • Political institutions and democracy
  • Multi-actor governance in complexity