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We live in a world that is globally connected and rapidly changing. How we understand and engage with these changes is rarely a straightforward process. The mission of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG) is to explore these new realities and how they alter the nature of belonging and citizenship in our increasingly interconnected world. In approaching these critical questions, the CCG aims to assess the benefits and challenges of globalisation in particular as they relate to everyday cultural and religious diversity.
Since its inception more than a decade ago, the CCG has systematically examined the complex and often contradictory meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation at the local, national and transnational levels. In undertaking these analyses, CCG researchers often adopt multidisciplinary,
cross-cultural and international approaches focused on issues of local attachment, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and religion. Much of this research is funded through competitive grants and is undertaken in partnership with industry, communities, professional associations, educational and academic institutions, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and international agencies. Informed by empirical data and cutting-edge theory, the CCG provides evidence-based research to civil society organisations, governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders. This knowledge transfer is a key dimension of the CCG's activities aimed at shaping policies and practices to improve social conditions both locally and globally.
The CCG's work over the last three years in particular has generated an impressive international impact which cements its reputation as one of the foremost multidisciplinary research centres studying citizenship and globalisation in Australia and internationally. The CCG will continue to undertake pure and applied research employing cutting edge theoretical approaches and innovative methodological designs.