The group brings together academics from the Social Sciences and Humanities who have a shared interest in the empirical study of contemporary religious and spiritual communities.
Follow the links below for information on individual staff and members.
Senior Lecturer / Community and Research Analyst
Contemporary Islamic revivalism; sociology of migration; identity; diaspora communities and transnationalism; social and religious movements; Islam and modernity.
Career Development Fellow
Experiences of Muslim minorities in the West and their interaction with issues of racism and anti-racism, Islamophobia, multiculturalism and citizenship.
Religious and ethnic diversity in Southeast Asia; cultural traditions of Islam in Indonesia, specifically in Kalimantan; nations, ethnic groups and globalisation.
Sociology of religion; sociological theory; popular culture.
Sociological theory; Chinese society; state and religion, especially in East Asia.
Religion, spirituality, wellbeing, social capital, and community life.
Professor James Cox (opens in a new window)
Study of Indigenous Religions, with emphases on Africa, the Arctic and Australia.
Julia Day Howell
Religion, society and modernity; Indonesian studies; Sociology of Islam; Sufism; Asian New Religious Movements in Western societies; Spiritual practices and religious experiences.
Stephane Lathion (opens in a new window)
Muslims in Europe (identity, citizenship, deradicalisation, "imam" training course); comparative Study of Religions; religious teaching in Public Schools (what, who, how and within which framework).
Dr Alex Norman (opens in a new window)
Tourism Studies, Sociology of Religion, Contemporary Spirituality, Anthropology of Pilgrimage, Photography Theory, New Religious Movements, Women Studies in Religion, History of Religion and Meditation.
Legal anthropology; Islamic legal theory; law and politics in Indonesian society; comparative constitutional law in Muslim countries; legal practices in Muslim communities.