Academic Freedom Index AFI

Academic Freedom Index Project Team

The AFI project team consists of researchers from the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and researchers from V-Dem in Gothenburg, Sweden, one of the world’s largest social science data collection projects on democracy and related concepts.

We gratefully acknowledge that the German Volkswagen Foundation has committed to funding the Academic Freedom Index until 2025. Initial work on the index was supported by OSF’s Higher Education Support Program and a conference grant by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Principal Investigators

Postdoctoral and Affiliated Researchers



During the inception phase, we benefited from extensive advice by