Public launch : Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies

Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2021

Event information


Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Vice-President, Research, uOttawa
  • Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Director, KAS Canada
  • Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser, German Ambassador to Canada
  • Moderated by:  Annika Weikinnis, Project Manager, KAS Canada



  • Dr. Daniel Stockemer, Full Professor, University of Ottawa


Inspired by the desire to deepen bilateral relations between Canada and Germany, and the will to seek solutions to societal issues, the University of Ottawa and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) have partnered to promote social science research. On May 1, 2021, this partnership established the Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Named after the “Father of modern Germany,” the chair will be held by Dr. Daniel Stockemer, a professor at the School of Political Studies and a former KAS scholar. It will examine some of the key challenges faced by representative democracies, including the effects of migration on political attitudes and the populist tide that has swept the world.

This launch event will showcase the first results of the chair’s work: a survey conducted in December 2020 on anti-immigration attitudes in Germany, Canada, and the USA. While all three countries place specific emphasis on skilled migration, they differ in every other respect, including their overall philosophy of citizenship. This raises the question of whether the root causes of anti-immigration sentiment are different or identical in the three countries. The event will conclude with a Q&A session.



  • Attendance is free. Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM link.


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