Founded in 2009, the Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity (CCID – formerly the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences) is at the forefront of social science research within the University and beyond.

The Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity provides a central ‘hub’ for multidisciplinary research and teaching, drawing together researchers from a variety of backgrounds across the Social Sciences. Our philosophy is: ‘Making a difference in the real world’.

We are living in interesting and challenging times of great change, provoking questions about the meaning of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities associated with it. Within the Centre we consider these questions alongside issues of social and political belonging and identification. Our members’ research interests include gender and sexuality, faith, ethnicity, political and social identities, conflict, equality and diversity, wellbeing, and health.

We pride ourselves on our teaching and doctoral supervision, led by acclaimed researchers offering expertise in a wide range of fields. Our research experience ranges from involvement in community-based projects working with marginalised groups, to research with political actors and policy makers. We work closely with partners in the statutory, private, and voluntary sectors to ensure that our work is ‘state of the art’, and our findings are disseminated to a broad range of user groups.

Within the Centre, we work to meet a number of key aims:

  • To produce high quality research, with an emphasis on the application of theoretical perspectives to the real world, the use of innovative methodologies, and the critical examination of policy and practice.
  • To inform and influence public issues through the production and dissemination of research that is applicable to a wide range of research users, in particular policy makers, service users and service providers.
  • To provide research-led and critically relevant teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the social sciences.