Academic Freedom

The Academic Freedom project aims to inform stakeholders, provide monitoring yardsticks, alter incentive structures, challenge university rankings, facilitate research, and ultimately promote academic freedom.

About

The Academic Freedom Index (AFi) project is a collaborative effort initially launched in 2019 between researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the V-Dem Institute, the Scholars at Risk Network, and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi). At present, V-Dem and FAU continue to implement the project with a grant from the German Volkswagen Foundation. AFi scores rely on five separate indicators, which in turn are based on assessments by nearly 2,000 country experts. They are collected and integrated by V-Dem using a Bayesian measurement model. For further details on the indicators’ conceptualization, see the authors’ working paper.

The AFi project aims to inform stakeholders, provide monitoring yardsticks, alter incentive structures, challenge university rankings, and facilitate research. GPPi and the Scholars at Risk Network have developed detailed policy recommendations on how AFi data can help protect academic freedom. To learn more, read the policy paper.