Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance
The Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) is a University designated Centre of Research Excellence
This involves exploring the shifting relationships between public and private, personal and political, as matters of faith, sexuality, reproduction, care, and personal morality are increasingly framed as issues of public concern. Critical questions about welfare, wellbeing and social life are at stake in the dynamic reshaping of the boundaries between public and private.
We have a strong interest in how such shifting boundaries bring about new arrangements of relationships, responsibilities and risks in contemporary life. Current studies of how education is governed – and what sort of public interest is expressed in such governing; of how feminism contributed to the shaping of public policy and governance; of how publics mobilise around contentious issues such as urban redevelopment; and of how austerity politics and policies might be remaking public services exemplify the interests of the programme.
The programme acts as a focal point for a network of national and international scholars, activists and professionals and we organise a wide range of events and contribute to many other research projects and publications.
Recent activities include:
Governing by Inspection: a three-year research project (2010-2013) funded by the ESRC and the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) currently explores the role of school inspection in governing complex systems of schooling in three different national settings: England, Scotland and Sweden. The rpoject is co-investigated by: John Clarke and Jacqueline Baxter at the Open University (CCIG), by Sotiria Grek at the University of Edinburgh, by Martin Lawn (Centre for Educational Sociology), Jenny Ozga (Oxford University), by Christina Segerholm (UTV) and by Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren, Linda Ronnberg at the Umea University. Further details here.