Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change

The Institute benefits from a wide range of researchers from across the University. We are well placed to respond to urgent and profound questions concerning a sustainable future, relationships among individuals and communities, arts and culture, public institutions of health, welfare and security.

The Directors of the Institute are Professor Ulrike Zeshan, Professor Lynn Froggett, Professor John Whitton, and Professor Mark Dooris, with research backgrounds that reflect the cross-disciplinary nature of the Institute.


Citizenship, civil society and the public realm itself are currently in flux. These are affected by Brexit, austerity, a refugee crisis and mass migration, increase in global energy demand, climate change and environmental degradation, terrorism, violence against women and children, political instability and polarisation. We are doing research into how the future is to be imagined, who is to be included in any new settlement, and on what terms.

Aims and vision

Our aim:

The Institute aims to develop new ways of thinking about inequality, insecurity, diversity and fragmentation and building responsive services for sustainable communities. It will do this through:

  • Social justice and sustainability
  • Relationships, risks and safety
  • Community and the public realm

Our vision:

  • To produce high-quality research to address urgent questions for people and society
  • To recognise new political and global contexts
  • To advance wellbeing, public good, civil society, democracy and sustainability
  • To focus on impact and action
  • To pioneer distinctive and innovative methodological approaches

Institute staff members

Publications and outputs

Baybutt, M., Dooris, M. and Farrier, A. (2018) Growing Health in Prison Settings. Health Promotion International. doi: 10.1093/heapro/day037.

Bennett, T., Wibberley, G. and Jones, C. (2019) The Legal, Moral and Business Implications of Domestic Abuse and its Impact in the Workplace. Industrial Law Journal, 48 (1). pp. 137-142. ISSN 0305-9332.

Chantler, K., Robbins, R, Baker, V. and Stanley, N. (2019). Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews in England and Wales, Health and Social Care.

Durosaiye, Isaiah Oluremi, Hadjri, Karim and Liyanage, Champika Lasanthi (2019) A critique of post‑occupancy evaluation in the UK. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 34 (1). pp. 345-352. ISSN 1566-4910.

Fairclough, I. (2019). Deontic power and institutional contexts: The impact of institutional design on deliberation and decision-making in the UK fracking debate. Journal of Argumentation in Context 8(1): 138-173.

Farrier, A., Baybutt, M. & Dooris, M. (2018) Mental Health and Wellbeing Benefits from a Prisons Horticultural Programme. International Journal of Prisoner Health. doi: 10.1108/IJPH-11-2017-0055.

News and events

Parenting and intimate partner violence guest seminar

21 July 2020 – online

Professor Rebecca Macy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, presented her webinar as part of our Connect Centre online seminar series.

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