About Us

About Us

Citizenship has become one of the most dynamic areas of political contestation due to the social and political turmoil in the context of globalization, transnationalism, migration and multi-level governance. In this standing group, citizenship and its personal, cultural, social, economic and political implications are investigated through interdisciplinary research from multiple theoretical perspectives. We address how citizenship continues to formulate relations between polities and individuals through rights, duties, participation and identities. In the context of increased diversity, less participation and growing political distrust we also explore and research how schools prepare citizens for their civic life in citizenship education.

The Standing Group was established in 2013 and currently has a membership of 286 from a diverse academic field and institutions stretching across Europe and beyond.

Aims & Objectives

The common ground in this Standing Group is “Citizenship”, how it’s understood and theorized, legalized in the states, policies of citizenship, practiced in all aspects of societies as well as taught in school. The field as well as the group is clearly inter-disciplinary.

Our main aims are to:

  • encourage research in all aspects of Citizenship.
  • encourage networks of scholars in order to promote research.
  • produce quarterly newsletters.
  • prepare and endorse at least one section with panels at the General conferences and one Joint session each year.
  • organise thematic conferences and building networks.
  • offer support for publications, networks and summer schools to graduate students interested in the field of citizenship.

Activities

The Group is to form a network and possibly present applications for research projects related to the field of citizenship, democracy, education and learning. The main task of the group will be to support and facilitate research and organise round table conferences between the main ECPR conferences. It will also arrange Sections and Panels at ECPR conferences.