About ACT

Welcome to the ACT project website! At this webpage you will find information about the research project, staff members, publications and latest news.

The ACT project poses 3 overarching research questions: 

  1. What are the implications of diverse virtues and values on the motivations of citizens to give voice to societal concerns and take an active role in public affairs? 
  2. How do shifting understandings of 'society' and 'community' and shifting experiences of belonging impact the locations in which active citizenship practices take place? 
  3. Which tensions and contestations arise in debates on what it means to participate as an active citizen in society? 

The project collects empirical data on local, national and transnational active citizenship in neighbourhoods in Oslo and Copenhagen. ACT will integrate this empirical data with theoretical models of (active) citizenship in philosophy, political science, anthropology, geography and feminist studies. 

ACT is a collaboration between the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the Department of Philosophy at The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) and the Department of Political Science & Government at Aarhus University. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s SAMKUL programme, on the cultural conditions underlying societal change.

Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies (ACT)