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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.

Cross-Cutting Theme

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

Research Programmes

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.

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

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.

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This seminar series, funded by the British Psychological Society (BPS), seeks to explore the key social psychological problems around community and citizenship in post-Brexit times.

Map sent via Whatsapp by refugee interviewed in Paris

For Refugees smartphones are an essential tool and a risk. CCIG researchers are leading the way in research on the digital infrastructure that shapes the passage to Europe for refugees.

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The psychological implications of New Family Forms

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Can we make self-help books that actually help, rather than restrict?

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CCIG is pioneering the development of new methodologies, and tackling the pressing issues of our time.

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Examining the impact of the internet on relationships

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Drawing on critical disability studies to critique deficit models of autism.

A comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies

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

Oecumene: Citizenship After Orientalism

Oecumene explores how the concept of citizenship is being refigured and renewed around the globe.

Enduring Love? is a psycho-social mixed methods study on how couples think about and experience their long-term relationships.

Placing Ourselves

Placing Ourselves is a project which aims to challenge existing binaries in migration, multiculturalism and integration.

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Family Troubles? questions how we understand ‘normal’ family troubles, troubled and troubling families, and the implications of how ‘childhood’ is understood and often idealised.

CCIG members are collaborating with researchers across the Open University and the UK, to improve our understanding of issues that directly affect peoples lives.