Scientific research

iINSTITUT DE DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE seeks to advance and enrich the study and practice of public diplomacy through:

(a) research,

(b) education ,

(c) public engagement.

The Publicdiplomacy. online project created by the Institut was designed to provide non-state actors with regular scientific assessments on public diplomacy.

Through its assessments, the Institut determines the state of knowledge on public diplomacy.

It identifies where there is agreement in the scientific community on topics related to public diplomacy, and where further research is needed. So we research potential future risks, as well as put forward adaptation and mitigation options.

The reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.

All our reports are policy-neutral.

To communicate its findings and explain its work, the Institut takes part in outreach activities organized by the Institut or hosted by other organizations, and provides speakers- members of the Institut to other conferences.

Ph.D. Council

Members of the Ph.D. Council advise, update and inform our committees on urgent and relevant matters. 96 % of our Doctor/Ph.D. members have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Our Council is comprised of distinguished analysts, academics, public diplomats from all over the globe. We seek diversity in professional backgrounds, skills and employment history that is why the Institut aims to draw at least 30 percent of the Doctoral/ Ph.D. members from professional backgrounds other than the public diplomacy field. Our Members are direct decision-makers over the strategy and activities of the network and can also stand for the Board of Directors or occupy Country Director/Representative positions. Our members are known for providing high-quality services, engage in actions for continuous development, improvement of our network, have a high level of expertise in relevant fields for the other members of the Institut, are committed to the General principles and Ethical code, underpinning the Concept of administration of our network. As of 1st January 2021, Institut de diplomatie Publique has more than 100 Doctor/Ph.D. Members.

We form global alliances with professors, students, nonprofits, academic departments, and dedicated professionals to spread relevant data, information, ideas, and research to further the study of teaching.

Our Project is dedicated to promoting various professor and student projects and researches that contribute to Public Diplomacy development, science and culture .

We empower researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational dialogue with the goal to make global decision making evidence-based and inclusive.

The Institute is host to an online community of people interested in emerging ideas, strategies, and technologies for building healthy and vibrant communities around the world .

The Institute provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to researchers, media and the interested public.

We have dedicated volunteer professionals and professors who donate several to many hours per week to advise professors, students universities and NGOs in their areas of expertise.

Defining Public Diplomacy

There is no single agreed-upon definition of the term "public diplomacy" and this lack of definitional consensus may well prove to be a good thing in our research.

The understanding of the meaning of the term ‘public diplomacy’ in the Institute has been altered several times.

In each phase of our research, the concept of public diplomacy shifts, leading to multiple changes in the formulation of its definition. In particular, there were disagreements on who conducts public diplomacy.

Currently, the Institute agrees on the following definition that conceptualizes public diplomacy in the broadest sense:

Public diplomacy are communication activities by individuals, governmental and/or non-governmental organizations to a foreign government and/or the foreign, or domestic public by exchanging information in order to .......scientific controversy are continuing..

To view various definitions used by practitioners, academics, research institutes, or governments, please visit section Scientific controversy about PD.

A scientific controversy about the definition of public diplomacy is a substantial disagreement amongst our researchers. Most of our scientific controversy involve issues such as the interpretation of the role of the state in the conduction of public diplomacy.

Institute aims to develop and apply innovative methods that promote ‘practice near’ research, including involvement of public diplomats and front-line practitioners in the design, development and undertaking of research projects.

Through our activities, such as Annual Conference, Dialogue Workshops and seminars, Institute provides a platform for dialogue between the researchers from the network, experts and key stakeholders to discuss and debate the key trends and challenges on

Cultural diplomacy

Economic diplomacy

Social diplomacy

Municipal diplomacy

Health diplomacy

Sports diplomacy

Water diplomacy

We delve into some of the cross-border research projects that are uniting scientists and helping to bridge divides between countries.

Institute is developing its own concept of Public Diplomacy.

Unlike other concepts, we believe that Public Diplomacy is not, and should not be, an instrument of Foreign Policy of any State. 

This is the main, and fundamentally important, feature of the Institute.

The scientific and academic literature has already accepted the idea of a public diplomacy, i.e., the one that expands the number of players and affairs managed by diplomacy and the power configuration in the international arena.

Scientific research is rarely definitive. The nature of science that most models are merely "works in progress" which only remain valid until they are supplanted by a refined model or are proven wrong and discarded.

Scientific controversy is an integral part of our research, and helps us to spur progress.

The responsibility of the Institute as publishers of research is to ensure that substantial criticisms are allowed similar opportunities for publication if, on careful consideration, they appear to be valid.

We are looking for talented people to join our research. We do not receive money donations for our programmes and researches, but depend strictly on our community voluntary support.

If you have a passion for building the public diplomacy research movement , we encourage you to apply for one of our open positions.

The Institute unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science.

Citizen science is the powerful idea that communities should be empowered to participate in the process of scientific inquiry, investigating the world around them and creating societal change in the process.

Irwin sought to reclaim two dimensions of the relationship between citizens and science:

1) that science should be responsive to citizens' concerns and needs;

2) that citizens themselves could produce reliable scientific knowledge.

The terms citizen science and citizen scientists entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014. "Citizen science" is defined as "scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions".

"Citizen scientist" is defined as:

(a) "a scientist whose work is characterized by a sense of responsibility to serve the best interests of the wider community (now rare)"; or

(b) "a member of the general public who engages in scientific work, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions; an amateur scientist".

Join us, and help speed innovation by sharing insights across disciplines.

We are ready to partner with the other organizations and businesses to help each other better achieve our mission and goals.


Pursue priority research areas through global network of scholars

Identifying and researching the most vital issues in public diplomacy through a global network of public diplomacy scholars to define the field’s agenda.


We are broadening our focus to look more holistically at sharing and collaboration online.

We will investigate the values and behaviors associated with successful collaboration, in the hopes that we might apply them to content platforms where public diplomacy is taking place, thereby enhancing the experience.

Transform research into practice

Exploring ways to transform PD research into practice so that practitioners from all nations can benefit from the Institut’s work.

Expand PD’s focus on digital technology, social media and online content

Expanding the Institute’s focus on new media to help strengthen its place as a leader in the dialogue on public diplomacy.

Broaden audience segments both domestically and internationally

Attracting new, young audiences that wouldn’t otherwise be engaged, including a new generation of PD professionals who reflect our nation’s rich diversity, and the international community at large.

Public Diplomacy Research Group in Barcelona (Spain)

Institute opens new office in Barcelona.

As part of its commitment to building the field of public diplomacy, Institute conducts research into thematic areas of perennial interest and identifies emerging trends deserving of further scientific analysis.

We welcome voluntary research proposals that match these initiatives.

To this end, each year researchers are invited to apply for the Research program. All in-house research and related events are designed to bridge the gap between academic and professional work in these areas.