01 Jul

Who Cares About Sustainability? Read 20 Responses of People Who Do!





Who Cares About Sustainability?

After all, isn’t sustainability just a buzzword? Doesn’t it just mean ‘green energy’? Why should anyone care about it?

The new edition of Open Citizenship asks these questions to find out if we as citizens are missing an important concept in our lives. There are many different definitions of ‘sustainability’- but not a single one illustrates the importance of sustainability to citizenship. Indeed, if we as citizens are not able to become involved in the debate, we risk losing the notion of citizenship itself.

The Journal

Like all editions of Open Citizenship, this edition aims to bridge academic expertise with grass-roots knowledge.

Among our academic articles:

Sustainability Needs Citizens, but do Citizens Need Sustainability?
by Lisa Pettibone.

This article introduces the importance of sustainability and citizenship by demonstrating that sustainability needs citizens, but also that citizens could benefit from the worldview that sustainability provides; it provides a new narrative for citizens to articulate their concerns with current political issues in Europe and point the way to potential solutions.

Education for Sustainability Citizenship
by John Huckle.

This article argues that education for sustainability citizenship is urgently needed to provide Europe’s young citizens with sources of hope in troubled times. It relates unsustainable development to a lack of democracy in a neoliberal Europe and suggests that education for sustainability citizenship provides ways for students and teachers to critically examine these in empowering ways.


Without citizen dialogue in the debate on sustainability, we may lose our concept of citizenship itself. To become involved in that dialogue, get your hands on the new edition of Open Citizenship today.

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Subscriptions provide you with print editions of the journal as well as online access to articles, and provides Open Citizenship with the chance to build on its success for the future. If you would like to subscribe to the journal or if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Gurmeet Singh at singh@citizensforeurope.org.

26 Mar

Call for Papers: Youth in Europe- Postponed

Open Citizenship Vol. 5, Issue 2: 2014

Open Citizenship

We here at Open Citizenship are very sorry to announce that we are postponing the call for papers for our upcoming edition of the journal for 6 months.

We will be producing Open Citizenship: Youth in Europe- A Lost Generation?  in December 2014 – 6 months after the initial deadline date. During the interval, the Open Citizenship team will focus on strengthening the journal’s position within academic, institutional and civil society sectors. We thank everyone who has submitted an abstract already, and appreciate that a postponement of this sort is always disappointing. We are of course open to discussing papers, ideas and abstracts for future editions of the journal during this time too, and if you would like to discuss any issues further, please get in contact at singh@citizensforeurope.org.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to producing the next edition in December (hopefully in more amenable political circumstances for young people!)

All the best,

From the Open Citizenship team.

About the journal

The journal Open Citizenship is a resource for and by people concerned with citizenship, migration and political participation in the European Union. Published twice each year, and distributed by way of libraries, conferences, NGOs and professional networks, Open Citizenship is a hybrid journal that combines scholarly work with commentary and information by and valuable to civil society actors, academics and decision-makers.

Open Citizenship is a project of Citizens For Europe e.V., a non-profit association that carries out innovative projects, events and political actions to foster the development of an inclusive and participatory European Union and the establishment of a residence-based EU citizenship.


04 Mar

Call for Papers: Youth in Europe: a Lost Generation?

Open Citizenship Vol. 5, Issue 2: 2014

Open Citizenship“The current level of unemployment of young people in Europe is simply unacceptable. In a number of European countries we are facing a true social emergency. This must stop. We need to give young people the hope and perspective they deserve wherever they live in Europe.” (Statement by President Barroso following the Round table on Youth Employment in Europe, 2013)

Today, 24% of young Europeans are unemployed – a staggering 5.6 million 15 – to 24-year-olds. But the challenges young people face extend way beyond unemployment. With the burden of supporting an ageing population, the power shift from government- to market-led policymaking, the exclusion of millions of young people not holding EU citizenship, overcoming severe financial crises at national and global levels, escalating competition from BRIC and MENA countries and climate change, there seems to be no end to the challenges young people in Europe face.

The next issue of Open Citizenship looks at the challenges facing youth in Europe, and seeks to link these debates with citizenship. We examine whether young Europeans are being given the chance to address the issues they face in their own way, and whether this need is being recognised by the EU. By considering the concerns, needs and actions of young people, we hope not only to describe the current state of European citizenship, but also to build a picture of its potential future. For example, how is the current generation engaged as citizens in the European Union? How do they express, claim and enact their rights as young citizens and non-citizens? Are they more concerned with personal issues and assimilating into the current system or are they fighting to change institutional structures to meet their needs?

As always, Open Citizenship invites different types of contributions and invites academics, practitioners, politicians and engaged citizens to express their distinct views and knowledge on the topic of youth in Europe.

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