Dr. Thamy Pogrebinschi



thamy.pogrebinschi [at] wzb.eu
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Research Fellow of the

Research fields

Democracy | Civil Society | Latin America


Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Politics & International Relations (DPIR) and Associate Member, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Democracy Visiting Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

since 2014
Senior Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

since 2016
Faculty Member (Promotionsrecht), Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University

Alfred Grosser Visiting Professor, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Georg Forster Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, WZB Berlin and Free University Berlin

A.SK Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Selected Publications

Selected Recent Publications

Innovating Democracy? The Means and Ends of Citizen Participation in Latin America.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023

Thirty Years of Democratic Innovations inLatin America, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin, 2021

Democratic Innovations in Latin America”. (with Melisa Ross). In: Stephen Elstub and Oliver Escobar (Eds): Handbook on Democratic Innovations and Governance, pp. 389-403. London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019

"Moving Beyond Input Legitimacy: When do Democratic Innovations affect Policymaking?". (with Matt Ryan). In: European Journal of Political Research, Volume 57, Number 1, 2018

"Can Participatory Governance Improve the Quality of Democracy?" A Response from Latin America. In: Huber Heinelt (Ed.): Handbook on Participatory Governance, London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018

“Deliberative Democracy in Latin America” In: Bächtiger/Dryzek/Mansbridge/Warren (Eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018

“Learning from Democratic Innovations”. (with Graham Smith). In: Rethinking Society for the 21st Century, International Panel on Social Progress Report, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018

“Experimenting with Participation and Deliberation in Latin America: Is Democracy Turning Pragmatic?” in Tulia G. Falleti y Emilio Parrado, Latin America Since the Left Turn, University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, PA, 2018


“Collective Intelligence against the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Civil Society in Endangered Democracies"
Institution: WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Oxford University
Funding: WZB Berlin Social Science Center

"LATINNO: Innovations for Democracy in Latin America"
Institution: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
Funding: Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE)


"Digital Democracy in Latin America: How ICT-based innovations may improve democracy"   
Institution: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
Funding: Porticus Foundation

"Pragmatic Democracy: Participation, Representation, and Political Experimentalism"
Institutions: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) and Freie Universität Berlin
Funding: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

"Participation as Representation: Political Experimentalism as a Method of Democratic Governance"
Institution: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
Funding: A.SK Social Science Award, Fellowship



thamy.pogrebinschi [at] wzb.eu
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D-10785 Berlin
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Dissemination and Media

Auf dem Weg zu echter Partizipation. Noch stoßen Klima-Bürgerräte an institutionelle Grenzen. (with Alice Vogas). WZB Mitteilungen 174, 2021

Cómo hacer presentes a las minorías ausentes en la política brasileña, OpenDemocracy, March 2021

Como representar as minorias ausentes na política brasileira, OpenDemocracy, March 2021

Demokratische Innovationen gegen Covid-19 in Lateinamerika, WZB Blog: Corona und die gesellschaftlichen Folgen, August 2020

Democratic Innovations Help Fight Covid-19 in Latin America,WZB Blog: Corona und die gesellschaftlichen Folgen, August 2020

Might social intelligence save Latin America from its governments in times of Covid-19?, OpenDemocracy, August 2020

A inteligência social pode salvar a América Latina de seus governos em tempos de Covid-19?, Democracia Abierta, August 2020

¿Puede la inteligencia social salvar a América Latina de sus gobiernos en tiempos de Covid?, Democracia Abierta, August 2020

A democracia digital melhora a democracia?, Democracia Abierta, July 2018

How a new era of digital democracy will change how we interact with politics, OpenDemocracy, April 2018

Como uma nova era da democracia digital mudará a maneira como interagimos com a política, Democracia Abierta, April 2018

Una nueva era de la democracia digital cambiará la manera en que interactuamos con la política, Democracia Abierta, April 2018

Moving Backwards: What Happened to Citizen Participation in Brazil?, Open Democracy, November 2017

¿Qué pasó con la participación ciudadana en Brasil? Democracia Abierta, November 2017

Andando para Trás: O que Aconteceu com a Participação Social no Brasil?, Democracia Abierta, November 2017

Innovating Democracy in Latin America, Open Democracy, August 2017

Innovando la Democracia en América Latina, Democracia Abierta, August 2017

Latin America: democracy beyond representation (interview), Open Democracy, June 2017

América Latina: democracia más allá de la representación (interview), Democracia Abierta, June 2017

América Latina: mais além da representação (interview), Democracia Abierta, June 2017

Digital Innovation in Latin America: How Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have been experimenting with E-participation, Open Democracy, June 2017

Innovación digital en América Latina: Cómo Brasil, Colombia, México y Perú han estado experimentando con la participación electrónica, Democracia Abierta, June 2017

Does digital democracy improve democracy?, Open Democracy, March 2017

La democracia digital, ¿mejora la democracia?, Democracia Abierta, March 2017

Innovaciones democráticas en América Latina. Una historia, un proyecto, muchas ideas nuevas. (Interview). Revista ADA, Argentina, July 2016

Was wir von Dewey für die Demokratie im 21. Jahrhundert lernen können? Theorieblog.de, May 2016

Hangout about Innovations and Politics , GIFE Conference, March 2016

Beteiligung von Bürgern in Demokratien: Ein lateinamerikanisches Utopia?, Kater Demos: das utopische Politikmagazin, October 2015

Die pragmatische Wende der Demokratie. Warum und wie in Lateiamerika Repräsentation und Partizipation miteinander verbunden werden – und was wir daraus lernen könnten. In: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Hg.): Repräsentation trifft Beteiligung, 2014

Não há Representação sem Participação. In: Revista Carta Capital. June 2014

Interview to Diário do Centro do Mundo. July 2014

The Game is not over: There is more than Protests and Football going on in Brazil. Democracy & Democratization – Blog der Abteilung Demokratie und Demokratisierung am WZB. July 2014

The Pragmatic Turn of Democracy in Latin America. FES Studies, Berlin. // Also in Spanish: El giro pragmático de la democracia en América Latina. Nueva Sociedad. Buenos Aires, 2013.

Die pragmatische Wende der Demokratie. In Lateinamerika werden Repräsentation und Partizipation miteinander verbunden. WZB-Mitteilungen, 2013