Center for Civil Society Studies


The research conducted at CBS Center for Civil Society Studies bridges disciplinary boundaries by combining approaches from sociology, political science, history, philosophy, anthropology and economics. This involves not only academic projects and cooperation with visiting scholars, especially from Europe and North America, but also outreach to people actively involved in civic engagement.

The theoretical and empirical work is carried out in interdisciplinary teams covering a wide range of civil society topics, e.g., advocacy, associational democracy, voluntarism, philanthropy, and social innovation. The basic research is funded by CBS and Realdania, currently supplemented by these two external project grants:

Civil Society in the Shadow of the State (CISTAS) is a project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, studying philanthropy and voluntarism in relation to the welfare functions of the state in a historical, political and sociological perspective. Central questions regard to what extent civil society has and can contribute to developing and maintaining societal cohesion, democratic traditions, and new organisational forms. Read more here:

Founding Blended Value (FOUBLE) is a research programme funded by Tuborgfondet studying social innovation and outcome measurements of self-governing organizations with particular emphasis on Scandinavian public benefit foundations and voluntary organizations. The empirical work includes systematically data collection in relation to civil practices observed at the annual Folkemøde at Bornholm and the Roskilde Festival.

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