Jennifer Eschweiler, TSI Project Officer, graduated from Bonn University in Germany with a MA in Political Science, Sociology and American Literature. She started her PhD at the University of Kent, UK and completed it at the University of Roskilde, Denmark on the topic of deliberative democracy and Muslim civil society organisations in Germany.

She has worked for different interational NGOs in London and is running a local neighborhood integration association in Berlin, Germany.

She is mainly responsible for the TSI website and TSI media presence.

Relevant Publications

  • J. Eschweiler and L. Hulgård (2012) Social innovation and deliberative democracy. EMES Working Papers no. 12/04.

The aim of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework that takes both process and outcome of social enterprises into account, with a particular focus on the internal and external dimensions of participation and governance. Such a distinction seems particularly important to flesh out the interdependence of social innovation and the structures it is embedded in.

  • Eschweiler, J (2013) Towards a Voice in The Public Sphere? Deliberation with Muslim Civil Society in Berlin. Maecenata Schriften Vol. 1, Stuttgart: Lucius&Lucius.

This book focuses on Muslim civil society in Berlin and their efforts to gain recognition in the public sphere. Guided by an interest in the democratic function of civil society participation and its emancipatory potential in terms of active citizenship three case studies reveal how Muslim interest organizations are established as actors in the political process. Through the lense of a Habermasian understanding of deliberative democracy the analysis provides a thorough contribution to the discussion of democratic challenges in pluralist societies. It highlights the interplay of structural conditions set by the system and the agency dimension in civil society and encourages the institutionalisation of deliberative structures.