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



We critically engage with the question of how people, things and places are brought into being through various practices or acts.

Families, Relationships and Communities

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 both inseparable and individual forces that produce each other and our research gives equal emphasis to both.

Funded Projects

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.

Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration

A comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies

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)

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

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.

Participation now

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

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

Completed Projects

Oecumene explores how the concept of citizenship is being refigured and renewed around the globe.
Oecumene: Citizenship After Orientalism
We focus on understanding the registers and mediums through which publics are mobilised, summoned, and performed.
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Being in the Zone explores the theme of 'peak experience' or 'being in the zone' in music, sport and work.
Being in the Zone
Creating Publics aims to innovate new ways of engaging publics in the on-going processes of social science research and public life.
Why couples stay together? Our research focuses on the meanings and everyday experiences of long-term relationships.
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The project explores the role of school inspection in governing complex systems of schooling in three different national settings: England, Scotland and Sweden.
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
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