Centre for Religion and Public Life research clusters

Religion, Politics and the State

Centre for Religion and Public Life research examines how religious actors and beliefs engage the political, as well as how political bodies and state institutions engage with religious communities.

Work in this area is multiscalar, ranging from neighbourhoods, local and national governments, state institutions such as the police, and international bodies.

The research into the complex intersections of the religious and the political is also multidisciplinary, making use of anthropological, sociological, theological and philosophical approaches and perspectives. It addresses a wide range of topics, such as citizenship, democracy, policing, terrorism, the governance of religious diversity, and the management of charity and social services, both in Britain and in global contexts.


Please click on the staff profiles below to see major recent publications and information on research projects and postgraduates.

Postgraduate research students

For current postgraduates supervised by academic staff in this cluster, please see individual staff profiles.