Skip to content The Open University

Faculty of Social Sciences

Research Centres

Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG)

The Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG) conducts research in order to enhance our understanding of citizenship, identity formation and practices of governance in the contemporary world. CCIG uses creative methods to develop new ideas and evidence for tackling some of contemporary society's most urgent social, political and ethical issues. Our concern for socially and politically conscious research is constantly cultivated in the following research programmes we run and the funded projects we host.

CCIG currently runs 5 Research Programmes:

  • Enactments
    Enactments critically engages with the question of how people, things and places are brought into being through various practices or acts. In particular, we address the intertwinement of methods, people, things and places and what it means to change, innovate, and challenge social and political orders. Currently, we focus on the contemporary enactments of citizenship, insecurity, and belonging and on how social methods are part of social life.
  • Families, Relationships and Communities
    Our focus is the diverse ways in which people live and experience their personal lives and relationships. We take a comprehensive view, which includes material and socio-cultural contexts and the emotional dynamics of families, relationships and communities.
  • Psycho-Social
    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. We map out the ways in which social, cultural, historical, and material factors help to produce and are part of subjective and psychological phenomena and, conversely, look at how social, cultural and material worlds are made up from phenomena that are, in some measure, subjective and psychological.
  • Publics
    We focus on understanding the registers and mediums through which publics are mobilised, summoned, and performed. 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.
  • PostGrad Research
    CCIG sees its postgraduate members as key to the continuing vitality and success of the centre. The CCIG postgraduate group is making the postgraduate students more visible and active within the centre and is providing a platform for collaboration between students and members at large.

Additionally, CCIG currently hosts the following funded Research Projects:

  • Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism (funded by the European Research Council) which explores how the concept of citizenship is being refigured and renewed around the globe
  • Enduring Love? (ESRC funded), that explores the diversity of relationship experience in the 21st Century and the factors that enable couples to sustain long-term relationships.
  • Being in the zone (AHRC funded), that investigates theoretical-practical nexus of culture and bitz.
  • Making publics across time and space (ESRC funded) which aims at constructing a new network of connections between researchers in the UK and North America who have been working on publics but whose work has been separated by time and space.
  • Creating Publics (OU funded) which aims at exploring new ways of engaging publics in the on-going processes of social science research and public life
  • Mission Impossible? The 1976 Spanish Law for Political Reform (funded by the British Academy), that 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.

Visit the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) website

CCIG