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Biography

Dr Chris Gifford joined the University of Huddersfield in 2006 and became Head of Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences in 2011. He is a political sociologist and his research and writing explores the impact of global and trans-national conditions on states, citizenship and politics. He completed his doctorate at the London School of Economics on the subject of Britain and European Integration and has gone on to publish widely in this area. He is interested in what makes the UK stand out in its relations to, and with, the European Union and its history as a Eurosceptic state.

Chris’s interest in how global and European developments are mediated by policies and processes at the national level informs his work on citizenship. He has completed comparative work on citizenship education with colleagues from Europe and Japan. He is an Executive Committee Member of the European Thematic Network CiCe (Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe) and, its sister association, CiCea. He is a member of the British Sociological Association and the Political Studies Association. At Huddersfield, Chris works alongside colleagues as part of the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and the Academy for the Study of Britishness.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Dr Chris Gifford is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Academy for British and Irish Studies and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.

Funded projects

  • ‘Embedding Citizenship in the Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum.’ (2003-2004) funded by Subject Centre for Sociology Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP). Principal Investigator. £3000.
  • ‘Working with Schools: Active Citizenship for Undergraduate Students.’ (2005-2006) funded by Subject Centre for Sociology Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP). Co-Principal Investigator with Dr Paul Watt. £14,043
  • ‘Threatened identities? Difference and diversity in contemporary Britishness’ (2007-2010), with Prof. James W. McAuley, Dr. Peter Woodcock, University of Huddersfield researching funding. £63,395
  • ‘Developing and enhancing citizenship education in the School of Human and Health Sciences’ (2007-8), with Dr John Craig, Dr Peter Woodcock, Dr Tim Heppell and Dr. Andrew Mycock, School of Human and Health Sciences innovation and research funding. £4,885
  • ‘Raising awareness of citizenship-related competences in Higher Education’ (2005-2008), Working group of the European Thematic Network Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe (CiCe), EU Socrates funding €86,598.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2016

Gifford, C (2016) ‘The United Kingdoms Eurosceptic political economyBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations . ISSN 1369-1481

2015

Gifford, C (2015) ‘Reforming citizenship education for new generationsCitizenship Studies , 20 (1), pp. 130-140. ISSN 1362-1025

Mycock, A. and Gifford, C. (2015) ‘Beyond the English? The UK’s Pluri-National Euroscepticism’. In: The UK Challenge to Europeanization. : Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 51-72. ISBN 978-1-349-57850-4

Gifford, C (2015) ‘Nationalism, populism and Anglo-British EuroscepticismBritish Politics , 10 (3), pp. 362-366. ISSN 1746-918X

Gifford, C. and Tournier-Sol, K. (2015) ‘Introduction: The Structure of British Euroscepticism’. In: The UK Challenge to Europeanization. : Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-1-349-57850-4

2014

Gifford, C (2014) The Making of Eurosceptic Britain (second edition) . : Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 9781409457589

Gifford, C (2014) ‘The People Against Europe: The Eurosceptic Challenge to the United Kingdom's Coalition GovernmentJCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies , 52 (3), pp. 512-528. ISSN 0021-9886

2013

Gifford, C., Mycock, A. and Murakami, J. (2013) ‘Becoming citizens in late modernity: a global-national comparison of young people in Japan and the UKCitizenship Studies . ISSN 1362-1025

Gifford, C. and McGlynn, C. (2013) ‘‘It’s very difficult to enable choice’: Citizenship education for welfare professionals in challenging timesCitizenship Teaching and Learning , 8 (3), pp. 295-308. ISSN 1751-1917

Halsall, J., Gifford, C. and Gill, S. (2013) ‘The UK’s ad hoc Multiculturalism and the Re-assertion of Britishness’. In: Diversity, Intercultural Encounters, and Education. London, UK: Routledge. . ISBN 9780415638333

2011

Chappell, A. and Gifford, C. (2011) ‘Promoting social justice, perpetuating social injustice? New Labour and disabled people’. In: Redefining social justice: New Labour, rhetoric and reality. Manchester: Manchester University Press. . ISBN 9780719082207

2010

Gifford, C., Goncalves, S., Wo?od?ko, E. and Gocsal, A. (2010) ‘Post-National Citizenship and Higher Education in the European UnionEuropean Political Science , 9 (3), pp. 341-357. ISSN 1680-4333

Wright, C., Avis, J., Fisher, P., Gifford, C., Locke, A. and Swindells, S. (2010) ‘Health, wellbeing and active citizenship’. In: British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, 1st - 3rd September 2010, Durham, UK

Gifford, C., Mycock, A. and Murakami, J. (2010) ‘Young adults and their journeys to citizenship: a comparison of UK and Japanese students’. In: Global Studies the third International Conference:Global Rebalancing: East Asia and 21C Globalization, 21-23rd June 2010, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea

Gifford, C (2010) ‘The United Kingdom labour government and the European Union : an exercise in Anglo-EuropeanisationBabel , 21.

Gifford, C (2010) ‘The UK and the European Union: Dimensions of Sovereignty and the Problem of Eurosceptic BritishnessParliamentary Affairs , 63 (2), pp. 321-338. ISSN 0031-2290

2009

Gifford, C (2009) ‘‘‘I felt really inspired by it, it was really interesting to interact with the pupils’: active citizenship in the British undergraduate social science curriculum’,Social Science Tribune , 14 (55), pp. 153-174.

2008

Gifford, C. and Woodcock, P. (2008) ‘It's the state stupid! Utopian realism in a global age: Book ReviewJournal of Power , 1 (3), pp. 407-413. ISSN 1754-0291

Gifford, C., Gocsal, A., Rado, B., Goncalves, S. and Wolodzko, E. (2008) Intercultural Learning for European Citizenship . : CiCe Central Coordination Unit. ISBN 97809560461

Gifford, C (2008) The Making of Eurosceptic Britain: Identity and Economy in a Post-Imperial State . Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 9780754670742

Watt, P., Gifford, C. and Koster, S. (2008) ‘Working with schools: active citizenship for undergraduate social science students’. In: University life uncovered: making sense of the student experience. Southampton: Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP), University of Southampton. pp. 94-103. ISBN 9780854328901

2007

Gifford, C (2007) ‘Political economy and the study of Britain and European integration: a global-national perspectiveBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations , 9 (3), pp. 461-476. ISSN 13691481

Watt, P., Gifford, C. and Clark, W. (2007) ‘For people so young they had so much to offer: implementing active citizenship in the UK undergraduate social science curriculum’. In: Citizenship Education in Society. London, UK: Institute for Policy Studies in Education. .

Gifford, C., Watt, P. and Clark, W. (2007) ‘Working with schools: active citizenship for undergraduate students’. In: Teaching in Public - the Future of Higher Education?, 21 to 23 November 2007, Cardiff, UK

2006

Gifford, C (2006) ‘The rise of post-imperial populism: the case of right wing Euroscepticism in BritainEuropean Journal of Political Research , 45 (5), pp. 851-869. ISSN 0304-4130

Gifford, C (2006) Working with schools: active citizenship for undergraduate students Buckinghamshire: The Higher Education Adacemy (Unpublished)

Goncalves, S., Gifford, C., Wolodzko, E. and Goscal, A. (2006) ‘Raising awareness of citizenship related competences in higher education: first steps and contributions from the working group’. In: Citizenship Education: Europe and the World. London, UK: Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University. . ISBN 9781899764662

Gifford, C., Wolodzko, E., Goncalves, S. and Goscal, A. (2006) ‘National strategies on citizenship related competencies in higher education: a comparison of Poland, UK, Hungary and Portugal’. In: Citizenship Education: Europe and the World. London, UK: Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University. . ISBN 9781899764662

Watt, P., Gifford, C. and Koster, S. (2006) ‘Experiences of citizenship education at school and perspectives on citizenship amongst social science undergraduates’. In: Citizenship Education: Europe and the World. London, UK: Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University. . ISBN 9781899764662

Gifford, C., Watt, P., Koster, S. and Clark, W. (2006) ‘Active citizens of the future? Undergraduate social science students' perspectives on citizenship’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April 2006, Harrogate, UK

2005

Gifford, C., Watt, P., Clark, W. and Kloster, S. (2005) ‘Negotiating participation and power in a school setting: the implementation of active citizenship within the undergraduate sociology curriculumLATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences , 2 (3), pp. 175-190. ISSN 1740-5866

Gifford, C (2005) ‘The experience of citizenshipSeminar: Reflections on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education , 3, pp. 69-85. ISSN 1479-2427

2004

Gifford, C (2004) ‘National and post-national dimensions of citizenship education in the UKCitizenship Studies , 8 (2), pp. 145-158. ISSN 1362-1025

Gifford, C (2004) ‘Book review of 'Education for democratic citizenship: issues of theory and practice by A. Lockyer, B. Crick and J. Annette (eds.)Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences , 1 (2), pp. 139-144. ISSN 17405866

Gifford, C (2004) ‘Embedding citizenship in the undergraduate social science curriculum’. In: The Experience of Citizenship. London, UK: CiCe, Institute for Policy Studies in Education. . ISBN 9781853773785

Gifford, C (2004) Embedding Citizenship in the Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum Buckinghamshire: The Higher Education Adacemy (Unpublished)

Research Degree Supervision

The relationship between the British state and processes of European integration

Britain has had a notoriously difficult relationship to European integration. British elites have often attempted to block further integration and anti-Europeanism has been a powerful force across the political spectrum. Proposals are invited that particularly focus on the underlying structural features of this relationship and address issues of British political economy and identity in relation to Europe.

Euroscepticism and constructions of Britishness

While controversial and contested, political elites have attempted to construct a distinct British national identity and this often involves identifying an ‘other’. For many British Eurosceptics, particularly on the right, Britishness has been defined against ‘Europe’. Proposals are sought which explore the relationship between constructions of Britishness against Europeaness and the wider implications of this for political identity formation.

Sociology of citizenship and political identity

The sociology of citizenship explores normative and analytic theories of citizenship empirically and historically. Proposals are sought which can address key theoretical issues and questions of contemporary citizenship and political identity formation through interesting research projects. These could investigate key citizenship debates and dichotomies such as inclusion and exclusion, public and private and active and passive citizenship and their implications for different social groups.

Populism and contemporary politics

The globalization of Western political principles and values has coincided with a crisis of liberal democracy in Europe and is evident in political disillusionment and apathy. The concept of populism has traditionally been applied to modernizing states and political orders however it is increasingly seen as applicable to Western politics. Proposals that address populism in established democracies such as the UK are particularly welcome.

Citizenship and education in the UK and Europe

Now a statutory part of the UK school curriculum, citizenship education is also a burgeoning area of academic study. Proposals are welcome which address citizenship education in the UK and Europe from a sociological perspective. This would approach the subject critically and question the assumptions and motivations underlying policy initiatives in this area.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Chris Gifford

2017-18

PhD
MSc by Research

2018-19

PhD
MSc by Research