Editorial Note: Sustainable E-Participation


  • Rolf Lührs TuTech Innovation GmbH & Hamburg Innovation GmbH
  • Francesco Molinari 21C Consultancy Ltd




eParticipation, eVoting, eDemocracy, sustainability, evaluation


What makes eParticipation sustainable? This special issue of JeDEM summarises existing evidence and introduces some authoritative viewpoints on a theme that is gaining relevance and furthering discussion among theorists and practitioners alike. This Issue comprises three invited papers and six refereed articles, the results of which will be briefly presented in this note.


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Author Biographies

Rolf Lührs, TuTech Innovation GmbH & Hamburg Innovation GmbH

Rolf Luehrs is head of the Interactive Communication Department at TuTech Innovation GmbH, a Hamburg knowledge and technology transfer company. The department specialises in research, development and implementation of eDemocracy and eParticipation projects and is one of Germany’s leading solution providers in these domains. Rolf has a Diploma in Sociology and has worked for more than a decade in the fields of social science, technology assessment and online research and has been involved in many different national and European research and development projects. He has been the coordinator of the European eParticipation Network PEP-NET since 2008 and is CEO of DEMOS Gesellschaft für E-Partizipation GmbH, which he co-founded in 2009. Rolf Luehrs is author of numerous articles in scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

Francesco Molinari, 21C Consultancy Ltd

Francesco Molinari is an independent research and project manager for several public and private organizations in Europe, from 2009 on being associate to the London based 21C Consultancy firm. Between 2007 and 2008 he has joined the International Research Unit at ALTEC SA, the second largest ICT Company of Greece for R&D expenditure, holding the responsibility for eGovernment research. Between 2003 and 2006 he has been a contract professor at Pisa University, designer of the eGovernment module at the Political Science Faculty. His background also includes a 5-years service as strategic advisor of a middle-sized Italian City Mayor.




How to Cite

Lührs, R., & Molinari, F. (2010). Editorial Note: Sustainable E-Participation. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 2(2), iv-xii. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v2i2.46