EUARENAS explores cities as arenas of political innovation in the strengthening of deliberative and participatory democracy. This applied and mixed-methodological research project is responding to a major European challenge – that of the need to strengthen legitimacy of and the identification and engagement with a democratic public sphere.

The stories here are people's experiences of and reflections on democracy that are being used to inform the research and practice findings in the project. Further information about the project can be found at

The information and views set out in these stories are those of the storytellers and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 959420.