Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance

The Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) is a University designated Centre of Research Excellence


The Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) conducts research in order to enhance our understanding of citizenship, identity formation and practices of governance in the contemporary world. All its three strands are represented in these research programmes and funded projects, which focus on vital and urgent political and ethical questions of our times.

Research Programmes

Digital Citizens

Digital citizens explores the nature and consequences of digital change and what it might mean to be a digital citizen



Enactments interrogates the manner in which subjects, objects and spaces are constituted and challenged through practices, acts or performances.

Intimate Relationships

We consider notions of families, personal relationships, households and communities, whilst also recognising their continuing significance at political, policy and personal levels.

Methods in motion

CCIG aims to develop a cross-disciplinary research focus on methods in motion.

Migration and Belongings

This research programme focuses on the ways in which practices of migration and belonging shape and are shaped by wider social, political and cultural relations


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We see the social and the psychological as entangled processes that produce each other and are ultimately inseparable.

Funded Projects

Narratives of ADHD

a BA/Leverhulme Grant for a project dedicated to a qualitative study of women’s narrative accounts of living with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Death in the family in urban Senegal

This research project provides the first in-depth understanding of responses to death, care and family relations in urban Africa.

Skin Lightening in England: a baseline survey

This ground-breaking project is the first attempt to measure and understand use of these products in England

Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration

A comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies

Exploring the British Diaspora

This project's aim is to establish a network of leading social scientists working on British emigration to diverse contexts such as Spain, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Beijing and Thailand.

Migrant Mothers Caring for the Future

This project investigates what shapes migrant mothers’ cultural and caring work in enabling their children to occupy a place as future citizens

Divide and rule, unite and resist

This field study explores effects of intergroup contact on the political solidarity of historically disadvantaged groups in Pietermartizburg (South Africa)

Participation now

A project that explores how new forms of public engagement are working to reshape contemporary life.

Mission Impossible?

Mission Impossible? The 1976 Spanish Law for Political Reform

This project seeks to explain an unexpected political outcome: why Francoist deputies voted overwhelmingly for the 1976 Law for Political Reform which brought about their own political demise.

Completed Projects

Creating Publics aims to innovate new ways of engaging publics in the on-going processes of social science research and public life.
Oecumene explores how the concept of citizenship is being refigured and renewed around the globe.
Oecumene: Citizenship After Orientalism
Being in the Zone explores the theme of 'peak experience' or 'being in the zone' in music, sport and work.
Being in the Zone
This project aims at building a new network of connections between researchers in the UK and North America around the issue of Publics and publicness.
Making publics across time and space
The project explores the role of school inspection in governing complex systems of schooling in three different national settings: England, Scotland and Sweden.
Why couples stay together? Our research focuses on the meanings and everyday experiences of long-term relationships.
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We focus on understanding the registers and mediums through which publics are mobilised, summoned, and performed.
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Our aim is to think, debate and develop new approaches to politics collaboratively and, hopefully, stimulate new thinking and public discussion on these key topics of our time.
Postgraduate research