Future Society and Democracy in Europe

We focus on the rapidly changing practices through which we live as societies– from automated decision-making that governs human life via algorithms, through new digitalisation that influence our socio-political organization and other new technologies that are increasingly influencing the way we consider what makes us human.

Whilst these shifts are often seen globally, though unequally, they are particularly pertinent to modern Europe, in particular the EU. On the one hand one of the EU’s aims is promotion of technological progress. Yet at the same time EU’s future has often been seen as dependent upon the maintenance of liberal values, in particular, human dignity, democracy, and the Rule of Law. The question then is, what the new technological developments mean for the future of the EU and its member states? On the other hand, the EU is not just a passive object of changes, but a powerful stakeholder, with a strong ambition to become a global leader in establishing regulations to counter some of the perceived negative effects of the above-described development.

Quote from Michael Strange: Our interesting times require new ways of doing research that can help us better understand the future and work collaboratively to support democratic visions for Europe.


  • We envisage the proposed research contributing to multiple academic and societal debates including, but not limited to:
  • Impact of digitalisation on political-societal-cultural space
  • Role of new governing technologies (e.g., post-NPM) in altering how humans interact with one another in the production of society and conduct of democratic practices.
  • The politics and societal dimensions of future forms of welfare, including healthcare in which AI is increasingly seen as more empathetic and authoritative than human doctors.
  • The ways in which AI - as implemented in concrete applications as well as an imaginary - implies certain ideas about the shape of information, its truthfulness and how to retrieve it.
  • Generative AI in the production of new forms of disinformation, propaganda, and deep fakes.
  • The uptake of AI in diverse social and cultural contexts.
  • Application of democratic theory to critical rethinking of the development and implementation of AI, including the role of digitalisation as both a form for individualisation and solidarity.
  • The relationship between democratic policy processes and the EU’s regulatory role in digital technology, including the GDPR, the Digital Services Act, and the proposed AI Act.


  • Michael Strange, Associate Professor, Department of Global Political Studies, Faculty of Culture & Society, Malmö University (Director)
  • Tina Askanius, Associate Professor, School of Arts & Communication, Faculty of Culture & Society, Malmö University (Co-Director)





Name Title Phone E-mail
Andersen, Jack Associate Professor +4531705689 E-mail
Neumayer, Christina Associate Professor +4535333467 E-mail

Lund University 

DrazkiewiczElzbieta Department of Arts and Theology
Sundin, Olof Department of Arts and Theology
Mirsalehi, Talieh  Doctoral student in ethnology at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Malmö University 

Askanius, Tina Associate Professor, School of Arts & Communication, Faculty of Culture & Society
Strange, Michael Associate Professor, Department of Global Political Studies, Faculty of Culture & Society