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Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship

Directors: Professor Irene Hardill, Dr. Nasar Meer, and Professor Keith Shaw


The Northumbria Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in exploring the shifting dynamics of the relationships between the theory, policy, practices and institutions of civil society and citizenship at a number of spatial scales: the local, regional, national, international and transnational.  

Based in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University, the Centre is interdisciplinary and international in the scope, ambition and focus of its research. Funders/collaborators/partners include The Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, CAFOD, Voluntary Service Overseas, AgeUK, Institute for Volunteering Research, Home Start, Community Concern Erewash, Volunteer Development Scotland.

The Centre was formally launched in December, with the first of our ESRC/IVR seminars. 

The launch took place in Gallery North on Thursday 8 December. You can follow the event on Twitter at @VolsSeminars. Podcasts are available for the event. (Opens in a new window) 

Objectives of the Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship
  • To conduct research which addresses contemporary theoretical, conceptual and empirical questions in the study of citizenship and civil society.
  • To provide critical analysis and commentary on policy developments that affect civil society and, particularly, the role of citizens in civil society.
  • To forge partnerships with civil society actors for the purposes of joint-research projects, seminars, workshops and knowledge-exchange activities.
  • To educate current and future policymakers and civil society leaders through the delivery of research informed teaching, CPD and PhD supervision.

The School of Arts and Social Sciences are offering a number of Postgraduate funding opportunities, including MRes studentships and Alumni discounts.