Consolidated Research Group

The Consolidated and High-Performance Research Group “Social Change, Emerging Forms of Subjectivity and Identity in Contemporary Society” (IT1199-19) is formed by faculty and researchers at the departments of Sociology 2, Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology, and Hispanic, Romanesque and Literary Theory at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). It also has two external collaborators from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).

The Group carried out its first activity in 1993, and two years later the Collective Identity Research Center (CEIC) was created. The CEIC has since then hosted the Consolidated Research Group, maintaining a constant activity in both research and teaching. In 1997 the Group was recognised by the Basque Government.

The Group is currently constituted around the theme “Social Change, Precariousness and Identity in Contemporary Societies.” Our research focuses on the processes of precariousness and vulnerability of social life in contemporary societies, and on the effects of these processes on the construction of identities.

This interest is reflected in the following areas of activity:

  • a theoretical reflection on the current situation within the framework of a broad programme of academic activities (seminars, conferences, congresses);
  • a series of researches on the processes of precariousness and vulnerability, as well as some of the emerging figures in this context;
  • a training agenda in analytical instruments and frameworks both through master’s and doctoral programmes in the departments to which its members belong and a specific training programme for research staff;
  • a search for dissemination of results in different academic and non-academic debate forums, and the organisation of international and interdisciplinary academic activities.
  • The research group is made up of 7 permanent researchers, 7 contracted researchers (on scholarship or contract), and 2 external collaborators. The team has a wide network of contacts and international collaborators, receiving predoctoral, postdoctoral and Ikerbasque researchers, as well as visiting researchers. Its members actively participate in national and international research projects.