CRIA’s research activity is structured into four major research groups that compose the scientific core of the centre. Each research group assembles researchers from all four institutional divisions and is coordinated by two scholars, developing activities related with its specific thematic scope, promoting academic discussion, debates in the public sphere, and intra-group dialogue.
Circulation and Place-Making investigates the movement of people and cultural forms, the relation between mobility and immobility, and cultural creativity. It particularly focuses on migration/emigration and religious transnationalism and imagination. This research group aims to explore the role of flow and movement in contemporary cultural configurations and its connections with the politics of making roots and identities.
Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography aims to understand the contemporary ecological environment through the lens of social and cultural phenomena that construct, appropriate, hybridize and change it. It produces innovative research based on the notion that sustainability implies recognising the entanglement of cultural and natural spheres.
Governance, Policies and Livelihoods focuses on identity politics, public and governmental discourse, law, and concepts of citizenship, among others. It fosters in-depth investigations into the connections between policies and livelihoods, providing insights for socially relevant policy development.
Practices and Politics of Culture explores contemporary objectifications and uses of culture, ranging from the economic to the touristic. Particular emphasis is placed on the politics and ethnology of heritage in order to understand how culture is conceived as a resource, and how it impacts on communities and creates new ones.