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ESRC Identities and Social Action Research Programme

Identities and Social Action was a major, five-year research programme funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. The programme ran from 2004 to 2008 and was directed by Prof Margaret Wetherell.
August 2004 - December 2008

The ESRC invested £4 million in 25 research projects based in universities around the UK. These projects will deepen our understanding of the processes involved in the making of selves, groups and communities.

  • How do people construct a sense of identity these days?
  • What are the consequences of the identity paths chosen?
  • How do identity choices intensify or ease social conflict?
  • What is it like to build an identity in situations of social exclusion?

The programme focused on the attempts of people with very different trajectories and from very different contexts to build communities and ‘liveable lives'.  The research projects ran for 24 to 36 months and the main findings for the programme emerged in 2007 and 2008. Programme activities include workshops, international conferences, public lectures, working papers and interim reports.

Principal Investigator

Prof Margie Wetherell