The present Steering Committee of the Citizenship Standing Group has been elected online during 2020/21. The chair of the Steering Committee is Nora Siklodi and the Steering committee members biographies are below.

Kjetil Børhaug is Professor Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen. He has been working with social studies topics in teacher education since 1994.

Nora Siklodi

Nora Siklodi is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth (UK). Her interests are in the field of citizenship, migration and youth politics, as well as British and European politics more broadly. Most of Nora’s research has so far focused on citizenship politics, specially looking at new ways of defining and describing the experience of various types of citizenship as they happen today. Her first monograph The Politics of Mobile Citizenship in Europe builds on this theme and is loosely based on her PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London, 2015). Nora has recently completed a Visiting Fellowship with the Democracy and Citizenship in Education research group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway).

Nora maintains a public Twitter account @norasiklodi

Gal Levy (PhD, LSE) is a senior teaching faculty & researcher at the Open University, Israel. He held visiting appointments at the University of Kansas and Cambridge University (CRASSH), and will be a visiting associate professor at Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at Michigan University in 2022-23. Gal has published extensively on the intersection of education and citizenship and on class and ethnic voting in Israel. Currently, Gal is engaged in studying poverty and activism with a research team comprised of academics and activists (who themselves live in poverty). In 2022, Gal was the first recipient of the distinguished award of civic and community engagement of The Israeli Political Science Association.

Frank Reichert is a social-political psychologist and educational researcher currently working as Assistant Professor in Hong Kong. He has previously worked at universities and research institutions in Germany and Australia; held fellowships from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Germany) and the National Academy of Education (USA); and was a visiting fellow at universities in Australia, Belgium, and Germany. His research examines multilevel data on citizenship; political attitudes and behaviour; civic education, communication, and digital learning; social identity; and youth development. He employs advanced statistical techniques using large-scale surveys or assessment data and has also adopted mixed methods approaches. His work has been published across disciplines and received several competitive awards for research excellence and knowledge exchange. Some of Frank’s contributions include harnessing underexplored large-scale data and pioneering person-centred statistical techniques in civics and citizenship. His collaborative research has furthered our understanding of the role of collective identities in social movements and the politicization of minorities. He also co-developed a digital competence assessment and contributed novel insights into our understanding of the dimensionality of digital literacy and its associations with social factors and well-being.; Teaching & Teacher Education; and Theory & Research in Social Education. One of his recent publications was awarded with the Richard M. Wolf Memorial Award for the best publication analysing IEA data in 2018.

Photo of Didem Çakmaklı Didem Çakmaklı is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Antalya Bilim University, Turkey. Çakmaklı received her PhD in 2016 from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey and her MA in 2007 from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.  She has been a member of the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Citizenship since 2019. Her main areas of research focus on civil society, citizenship, and active citizenship. She has researched how participation in civil society organizations influence citizenship practices. More recently, her research has examined the relationship between citizenship norms and political action. Çakmaklı has published in a range of journals including Citizenship Studies, South European Society and Politics, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies


Andrea Szukala is a Professor of Social Studies Didactics and Civic Education at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Muenster. She took an undergraduate degree in Franco-German Studies at Sorbonne University, European Studies at Sciences Po Paris, a Masters in Political Science at the University of Cologne (1994), and then completed her Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol., distinction) at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne (2002). She was a researcher at the Department of Political Science at Cologne University (1994-95, 1996-2000, 2002-2008, from 2004 as a visiting lecturer), at the Humboldt University of Berlin (1995-96), and at the University of Bielefeld (2008-2014).  She was promoted to a professorship for Citizenship Education at the University of Siegen (2013), and a professorship for Social Science Didactics at the University of Muenster (2015). 

The latest publications have centered on the nature of social sciences and the curriculum, civic education and citizenship models, and securitization of citizenship education (2022, Diversitätssensible Lehrer*innenbildung (ed.); 2022, Civic Education and Defensive Republicanism in France after the Assassination of Samuel Paty).