This funding opportunity aims to deepen and widen our knowledge and understanding of opportunities, challenges, and crises relevant to DGT.
The framing of this funding opportunity recognises that many disciplinary perspectives and methodologies may be brought to bear on these questions and that proposals are strengthened by inclusive and innovative collaborations across disciplinary and national boundaries.
We are specifically keen to identify how conditions for DGT to flourish can be maintained, fostered, rebuilt where needed and nurtured through a range of interventions and initiatives based on basic research or empirical evidence, or both.
We invite interdisciplinary (understood here as the integration of information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, methodologies, concepts, or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialised knowledge) and innovative research proposals that promise advances in one or several of the following ways:
- improve and innovate our conceptualisation and theorisation of DGT
- address topics aimed at collective responses to global challenges for DGT
- empirically define and describe the opportunities, challenges and crises relevant to DGT from a historical, contemporary, or prospective perspective
- offer diverse methodological, disciplinary, and cross-national perspectives on these topics
- study or test interventions (meaning improving outcomes and making a difference) aimed at enhancing democratic processes, improving governance, and rebuilding trust in formal and informal political systems, economic structures, cultural associations, education and public institutions
- advance knowledge through co-developing work programmes with communities, educators, and key stakeholders in civil society, education and government
- examine the role of digital media, tools, and technologies in eroding or strengthening DGT and the roles of education, cultural institutions and the law in shaping, facilitating and restraining this role of digital media
These objectives aim to leverage expertise from social sciences and humanities, and relevant related disciplines, to tackle prominent challenges facing societies today. They may make use of theoretical and empirical insights and recognise the value of co-production and practice fostering initiatives and projects conducive to supporting democratic experimentations and experiences, governance improvements and trust.
The DGT funding opportunity will focus on areas derived from the following nine cross-cutting themes of democracy, governance and trust:
- concepts, understandings and models of DGT
- media, information, and communication
- economies and economic systems
- identities, discrimination, marginalisation and inequalities
- ecosystems and environments
- epistemologies, knowledge, and expertise
- history and culture
- power, authority and conflict