GLOBALCIT in numbers: a decade of citizenship research

Just as our Observatory reaches its tenth anniversary, we are proud of both the quantity and the quality of the research that has been produced, first by EUDO CITIZENSHIP and since 2017 by the GLOBALCIT network. Over the years, we have gradually expanded our geographic and thematic scope. Having started as a project that focused on citizenship laws of 25 European countries back in 2009, GLOBALCIT now covers citizenship policies in 177, and electoral rights in 52 countries, around the world. Our ambition is to grow further and to keep opening up new avenues of research in citizenship studies by our detailed, non-partisan analyses of citizenship and the franchise as the core of democratic citizenship. In what follows, we showcase some numbers as indicators of what GLOBALCIT is today, as a result of the efforts of our team, and our network of experts and collaborators.

The core GLOBALCIT team is composed of 3 co-directors, a coordinator, one research assistant, and three further research associates (RAs) working on the EU-CITZEN project in 2019 and 2020. In December 2019, Jo Shaw will employ 2 further RAs to work on the legal databases at the University of Edinburgh. The GLOBALCIT consortium has 11 members, representing 5 different academic institutions and 1 policy institute, which over the years have been involved in the Observatory’s work.

A total of 395 individuals from academic and policy institutions all over the world are involved in the GLOBALCIT network as country experts or collaborators. The network has a total of 209 country experts, of which 140 on citizenship and 72 on electoral rights (some experts are engaged in both roles). A further 178 collaborators are engaged on an ad hoc basis in GLOBALCIT’s work.

At least 100 network members are actively involved in the Observatory’s work at any point of the year, either by collecting data, or providing news and updates to our databases, or contributing blogs and independent analyses. At present, 29 country experts are engaged in updating the information on nationality laws and modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship in the EU28; 4 country experts work on new country profiles of African states (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Mali); and two experts will cover 9 countries in Oceania and 10 Anglophone Caribbean states.

Over the last 12 months (November 2018 – November 2019), 30,108 users have visited the GLOBALCIT website in a total of 44,850 sessions, generating 83,210 page views. Most of our users come from the US (14.5%), the UK (11.41%), Netherlands (7.25%), Germany (6.55%), and Italy (5.96%).

Since 2009 the Observatory submitted 335 publications to CADMUS, including 117 country reports on citizenship law (and policy-making), 52 country reports on electoral rights, 50 thematic working papers, 33 reports on political participation of mobile EU citizens, 34 country reports on naturalisation procedures, 16 comparative reports, 6 policy briefs. The Observatory has produced 10 datasets (available on EUI DataRes), and has an interactive visualisation for 8 additional databases.

Seven books have been published on the basis of the Observatory’s work (in addition to publications of the team), over 50 book chapters and as many academic articles. Since 2009, GLOBALCIT’s publications have been cited 21,773 times (10,155 citations since 2014), with an average of 1,900 citations per year (Google Scholar).

Two edited books (R. Bauböck) based on our forum debates have been published in open access (Springer, 2018). Debating European Citizenship has had 95,307 downloads and Debating Transformations of National Citizenship 125,650. An open access article by Schmid, Piccoli and Arrighi “Non-universal suffrage: measuring electoral inclusion in contemporary democracies” (2019) has been downloaded 1.700 times.

In 2018, GLOBALCIT published 11 country reports, 4 working papers, 1 comparative paper. Our team members produced 4 edited books (2 based on GLOBALCIT debates), 1 monograph, 7 articles, and 12 book chapters. So far in 2019, we have published 15 country reports and 1 working paper. Our team members produced 10 articles, 6 book chapters, and 1 monograph.