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.
Career Development Fellow
Experiences of Muslim minorities in the Western and their interaction with issues of racism and anti-racism, Islamophobia, multiculturalism and citizenship.
Sociology of religion; sociological theory; popular culture.
Senior Lecturer / Community and Research Analyst
Contemporary Islamic revivalism; sociology of migration; identity; diaspora communities and transnationalism; social and religious movements; Islam and modernity.
Religious and ethnic diversity in Southeast Asia; cultural traditions of Islam in Indonesia, specifically in Kalimantan; nations, ethnic groups and globalisation.
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) Visiting Fellow
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) Research Project Officer
Tourism Studies, Sociology of Religion, Contemporary Spirituality, Anthropology of Pilgrimage, Photography Theory, New Religious Movements, Women Studies in Religion, History of Religion and Meditation.
Jack Barbalet Chair Professor in Sociology and Head of the Sociology Department, Hong Kong Baptist University
Sociological theory; Chinese society; state and religion, especially in East Asia.
Arskal Salim Senior Research Lecturer
Legal anthropology; Islamic legal theory; law and politics in Indonesian society; comparative constitutional law in Muslim countries; legal practices in Muslim communities.