Professor Jo Shaw receives Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship

Edinburgh Law School's Professor Jo Shaw has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to explore globalcitizenship and citizenship regimes.

The ambitious project, entitled “Building Citizenship Regimes: A global remapping for the 21st Century,” seeks to establish a new global approach to thinking about law and citizenship by mapping the aims of policy-makers when framing legal and constitutional aspects of citizenship regimes on a global scale.

It breaks citizenship regimes down using a new taxonomy of seven dimensions: (i) inter-state; (ii) relational; (iii) bio-political and bio-territorial; (iv) protective; (v) securitizing; (vi) distributive; and (vii) active/activist. Together these reflect and respond to the many purposes that citizenship, as a baseline legal status closely linked to but distinct from personhood, serves for humans as individuals, as groups and as organised political collectives and thus the complexity of citizenship laws and regimes. CITREG explores the internal and external dimensions of citizenship across and between states and other political formations such as sub-state regions and supra-state organisations.

The project is driven by the need for a fresh look at concept-building (a ‘mapping exercise’). This new approach challenges existing frameworks of thinking about citizenship, which tend to operate with a somewhat dated and euro-centric normative model based on three core elements of status, rights and identity, all of which are currently being challenged by actually existing citizenship regimes. Beyond organising the dimensions by providing a lucid roadmap, the project also promises detailed exposition of the interdependencies between the seven dimensions, such as the tensions between openness/inclusion and security/exclusion or between redistribution
internally and externally.

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, and awards funding to talented individuals across academic disciplines. The Major Research Fellowships enable distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to projects of outstanding originality and significance.

Prof Shaw also joins a notable cohort of scholars in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences scholars receiving Leverhulme Trust awards in 2017.