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Social work & social policy Citizenship & communities

The relationship between citizenship and community lies at the heart of many of today’s most important social and political debates.

We contribute to these debates by exploring the nature and definition of citizenship; the development of different forms of citizenship rights; the relationship between citizenship and social inclusion and exclusion; and the contributions made by citizens to community development.

The importance of communities is reflected in our research into event legacies and the construction of smart and sustainable communities.

Research topics


Research in this strand draws on social models of disability with a focus on citizenship, rights, inclusion, participation and social justice.

Ethnicity, migration & welfare

Working with migrants is at the heart of research focusing on the experiences of those involved with migration (especially from eastern Europe and Africa) and on the formation of identity and cultural expressions in communities.

Multiculturalism & Muslim identity

As European societies have become more multicultural, issues of identity and citizenship have become more important. All of today’s nation-states contain some longstanding internal cultural diversity, and in most also religious variety is not entirely novel (notwithstanding what status minorities may have enjoyed).

Research looks at the social and political contention over how and in what ways prevailing citizenship regimes reflect multicultural minority difference. We look into where Muslim identities rest in this, and especially whether ideas of collective membership can be remade to include Muslim identities as well as other multicultural differences, including how these are being constructed in social and public policy.

Event legacy

We work in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life along with Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian universities to develop new research associated with community regeneration and major sporting or cultural events.

Using the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a platform, this research is developing critical accounts of legacy planning processes, evaluation of legacy, sports participation and mega-events, and community engagement with major events. The results are due to be published in a series of books in 2015.

Smart & sustainable communities

We examine local visions of sustainable communities, and explore new ways of predicting street crime through big data analysis.

We're also researching design and innovation in the built heritage. We work with Glasgow City Council in the Sustainable Glasgow Initiative, helping to make the city one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2025.

Volunteering & social policy

The third sector is increasingly seen as important partner across the world in delivering social policy. Our research places this interest in a historical context, exploring the history of the voluntary sector, and the changing state-voluntary relations. We're also involved in wider investigations into the historical development of the welfare state in different parts of the UK and elsewhere in the Anglophone world.

Our staff

Christopher Deeming’s interests in this area of social policy include research into the social determinants of health and wellbeing, particularly subjective or self-rated health and wellbeing using data from large-scale national and international social surveys. The focus is the distribution of happiness and wellbeing within societies, socio-demographic characteristics influence population wellbeing in important ways and this has implications for public policy. I am also interested in the political economy of happiness and I focus on cross-national comparisons within the different worlds of welfare.

Bernard Harris is interested in a wide range of issues associated with the history of health and well-being, living standards and social policy. He has conducted research on the long-term development of the relationship between the state and voluntary sector, and the role played by friendly societies and other types of mutual-aid organisation in the history of welfare state services.

Moyra Hawthorn is a research lecturer in CELCIS. Her recent research has focused on the historical abuse of children in public care, and ensuring that the voices of disabled children are heard in research about their lives.

Gillian MacIntyre is primarily interested in the field of adult social care. Her work involves people with learning disabilities as well as those with mental health problems. She has particular interests in the areas of citizenship, parenthood and transitions for people with learning disabilities.

Andrea Pavoni is part of a research team exploring volunteering legacies from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He's been conducting analysis of mega-sporting events since 2008, principally investigating the preparation, occurrence and legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and the 2012 London Olympics. This research has focussed on issues around security, social/inclusion, commodification and regeneration.

Robert Rogerson is interested in future sustainable cities and their communities. He has extensive research experience working with communities, both in relation to urban quality of life and sustainable communities.

Sue Sadler has over 15 years’ experience of evaluation and research relating to third sector activities and support, including evaluation of funding programmes/mechanisms and social impact.

Daniela Sime works in the promotion of children’s rights and a justice agenda that addresses social inequalities, especially in relation to traditionally marginalised groups.

Ailsa Stewart is course leader for the PgCert in Mental Health Social Work, editor of the Newsletter for Mental Health Officers in Scotland and chair of the Working Together with Parents Network in Scotland. The main focus of her work is adult health and social care. She has a particular interest in risk, protection and the impact of this work on the citizenship and rights of adults experiencing mental disorder and/or with learning disability.

Vicki Welch is a senior research fellow in CELCIS. Her main areas of expertise are looked-after children, disabled children and their families; service integration and interprofessional experiences; universal and specialist provision.

Our PhD students

Wendy Brown: Wendy had an ESRC studentship. She is currently completing her thesis, entitled: The impact of socioeconomic background on the life trajectories of individuals with learning disabilities.

Richard Brunner: Richard is registered at Glasgow University and is co-supervised with Strathclyde. He has an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre studentship, thesis title: An exploration of how the capability approach may enhance understanding of lived experiences of mental distress.

James Davies: James is funded by a joint studentship sponsored by Volunteer Development Scotland and Strathclyde's Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. Thesis title: Volunteering experiences of young people in disadvantaged areas in Scotland.

Jack Fawcett: Jack is funded under the University's partnership with Capita. His research is supervised by Robert Rogerson and Neil Mackin (Capita) and is examining changing public attitudes to the ethics associated with big data and on how data on them individually and communities collectively can be used to achieve collective benefits.

Sue Rawcliffe: Sue is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the Imagine Connected Communities Consortium. Her research is co-supervised by Bernard Harris and Graham Crow (University of Edinburgh). Her thesis examines the role played by community-based organisations in the provision of welfare services at different historical junctures from the 1840s onwards.

Melvina Robin: Melvina is funded by a studentship from the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre’s Social Work Pathway. Thesis title: Social worker support for BME families raising children and young people with disabilities.