Professor Philip Mellor

Professor Philip Mellor


I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in 1992, and was promoted to Professor of Religion and Social Theory in 2004. I have been Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures since 2015 and, prior to that, I was Head of the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science for five years.


  • Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation

Research interests

My research interests over many years have centred on the development of new theoretical models of the 'sacred', and the deployment of these with regard to a range of religious and secular phenomena. A significant amount of this work has been in a collaborative research partnership with Chris Shilling, e.g. Sociology of the Sacred (Sage/TCS, 2014), and, more recently, Understanding Social Life (Routeldge, 2017), a book that explores mutually reinforcing social, cultural and structural changes across a range of phenomena, including religion, bodies, technology and goverance.

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  • PhD (Manchester)
  • MA (Sussex)
  • BA (Sussex)

Professional memberships

  • International Sociological Association
  • British Sociological Association
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion

Student education

I act as a PhD Supervisor and Personal Tutor in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life
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