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About CiCe

A brief introduction to the CiCe NetworkChildren's Identity and Citizenship in Europe (CiCe) is a network of Higher Education lecturers and researchers supported by the European Commissions' Life Long Learning Programme.

Since 1998 we have brought together staff who educate teachers, early-years workers, youth workers, social pedagogues and social psychologists, all of whom have an interest in how children and young people learn about our European society.

We have about 100 Universities and Colleges who are members, with over 400 individuals who participate in our activities. CiCe members are found in 30 countries in the Community, plus Iceland and Norway (associate countries) Turkey (candidate country) and Macedonia/FYROM (as a Third Country).

Our partners are all affiliated to HE and involved in, among others, teacher education form early childhood to HE and disciplines such as psychology, sociology, history and philosophy. We are concerned with curriculum and processes for students at all levels, from undergraduate to PhD level.

Our exciting programme links us together through regular publications; European-wide and regional conferences; and, in working groups. Many of our members also link together in research and pedagogic-practice projects.

What we do

We are concerned with the education and training of a range of professionals (teachers, early childhood educators, youth workers, social pedagogues etc) and with their educational role, understanding that they have an important contribution to make to the learning of children and young people.

‘Citizenship’ and ‘identity’ are linked themes that allow focus on a range of inter-connected social sciences (sociology, social psychology, political science, economics, history, cultural studies and social geography, for example) and these perspectives are considered within a European context.

We do not advocate a single view of citizenship, or citizenship of what. However, we are united in believing in the importance of education in this area, holding that properly developed and delivered educational practice on social learning can help promote social integration as well as contribute much to the fight against racism and xenophobia, and to developing essential attitudes and skills of inter-cultural communication, tolerance and understanding within a democratic framework.

To this end we have produced a series of booklets that provide:

  • General guidelines on education related to citizenship and identity in Europe
  • Professional guidance on citizenship and identity in courses for those who will work with children and young adults
  • Guidelines for citizenship education in a global context;
  • Guidelines for the design of higher education courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level
  • Guidelines for research and research supervision in the area of citizenship and identity

We usual publish four or five Guidelines each year, as well as Conference proceedings.

Together with our Guidelines, presentations from our annual conferences have formed an impressive, and growing, data-base of over 700 research and practice-based papers related to children’s identity and citizenship in Europe.

Our current phase of activity: 2011-14

In our current phase we are working on three 'strands' of activities. Our strand programmes are carried out by working groups of our members, who write guideline materials that will add to our data-base of resources.

Strand 1: Citizenship and Identity Resource Base

Strand 2: European Centre of Excellence for Research in identity and citizenship

Strand 3: Innovation in citizenship and identities education (with particular themes that will change during the three years of this phase)

The current themes on strand 3 are:

Theme A: Education for citizenship, identity and a Sustainable Society.

Theme B: Innovation in citizenship and identities education. Intergenerational Solidarity.

Theme C: The arts and media. Citizenship and education in society.

Theme D: Innovation in citizenship and identities education, addressing current themes in identity and citizenship education: Conflict Resolution.


We will hold a annual Conference, and an annual Student Research Conference, with papers published as proceedings and made available as part of our data-base of resources.

There will also be a number of regional conferences with associated publications.


   Page last updated 27 January 2009