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New Academic Freedom Indes AFI

Call for country experts

The new Academic Freedom Index (AFi)  was first released in March 2020.  Our partner Scholars at Risk is supporting efforts to increase coverage of this and has suggested that members of the Magna Charta Observatory's community might both be interested in the inisiative and willing to support it.
Therefore we share their call for country experts in case you would like to consider participating as an expert, and/or by forwarding this call to experts in your networks.
What is the Academic Freedom Index?

The index and its constitutive indicators were jointly developed by colleagues at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and the V-Dem Institute, and 1,810 country experts around the world have already contributed to it. The data collection effort now goes into a second round, for which they are looking to recruit additional experts. The call for experts summarizes the task and includes a link to the application form. This is a general call for the entire V-Dem dataset, but interested country experts can apply to contribute to the Academic Freedom Index by indicating their expertise in this area (academic space). Note that the V-Dem expert questionnaire for the AFi also includes questions on civic space, so experts should ideally not only have expertise on higher education but also be able to speak to broader civil society issues (see questionnaire in Codebook p. 211ff. for more details). V-Dem pays a small compensation to contributing coders.  There is also a tweet GPPi shared in order to reach potential country experts, which you are welcome to share:

Published on 16 October 2020