With the 9th HUMAN FORUM Banska Bystrica again becomes the center of human rights and democracy discourse in Slovakia

This years Human Forum welcomed more than 150 guests, including the the president of the Slovak republic Zuzana Čaputová, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia Rastislav Káčer, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya, and many more.


Joining forces with leading universities to research 21st century challenges of democracy

Matej Bel University (UMB) with its Institute for Democracy has been awarded the largest international research grant in the history of the university, which will see UMB joining forces with leading universities to explore 21st century challenges of democracy. The BRRIDGE project, led by Professor Kamila Borseková from UMB’s Faculty of Economics and Dr. Jozef…


Strengthening research capacities in the field of democracy and policy

Today the Institute for Democracy held a project pre-meeting with various researchers across different departments of Matej Bel University, that are involved in a new project that is being coordinated by two of our directors Kamila Borseková (Associate Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development) and Jozef Michal Mintal (Assistant Professor of Political Science and…

Our Pillars

There are very few issues in modern societies that are of greater significance and urgency than the threats to liberal democracy, the weakening and fragility of democratic institutions, and the crumbling of human rights, social justice and the rule of law. In our work we focus on four interrelated thematic challenges to democracy, namely: technology, inequalities, culture and governance; with our overall activities being concentrated around four key pillars:


Featured work

Resilience and vulnerability of regional labour markets: principal component analysis of labour market efficiency in the EU

Kamila Borseková, Samuel Korony

The proposed operational framework and its spatial distribution offer new theoretical, methodological and empirical insights into understanding the real contribution of resilience and vulnerability to regional labour markets. The added value of the proposed operational framework is its direct policy-oriented perspective.