The research group Citizenship, Migration & the City (CIMIC) studies the reshaping of citizenship in the context of the increased mobility of persons and populations. CIMIC analyses the social consequences of globalization in terms of new patterns of migration and citizenship and in terms of new configurations of urban spaces and recalibrations of nation-states.

In addition to the international and comparative orientation of the research subprogram, staff members have also developed specific expertise on the city of Rotterdam and have cultivated strong links with the city and its institutions to further improve the scope and relevance of the research. CIMIC is an interdisciplinary research group, rooted in the Department of Sociology but closely working with other scholars from other disciplines such as public administration and history.

The aim of CIMIC is to, on the one hand, contribute to the development of new theoretical and empirical approaches to research on citizenship, migration and the urban environment, while on the other hand, to assist local, national and international policy makers in developing appropriate, timely and relevant policies. Also, the programme strives to enhance the link between research and policy-making.