Researchers

The Centre 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 Centre staff and members.

Staff

       
Dr Jan Ali, Religion and Society Research Centre

Jan Ali
Lecturer / Community and Research Analyst

Contemporary Islamic revivalism; sociology of migration; identity; diaspora communities and transnationalism; social and religious movements; Islam and modernity.

Professor Adam Possamai, Religion and Society Research Centre

Adam Possamai
Professor, Director

Sociology of religion; sociological theory; popular culture.

Dr Arskal Salim, Religion and Society Research Centre

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.

 

 

Core Members

Dr Selda Dagistanli, Religion and Society Research Centre

Selda Dagistanli
Lecturer

Law and order politics and its effects on sentencing and punishment; ethnicity and the law through cultural defence; representations of (sexually) deviant Muslim masculinities; boundaries of inclusion/exclusion and actor networks and agendas in moral panics; populist victims’ rights politics.
Dr Steven Drakeley, Religion and Society Research Centre

Steven Drakeley
Senior Lecturer

Social and political forces based on Islam in the political history of Indonesia since independence; Islam in Southeast Asia; Indonesian history and historiography; Malaysian history.
Prof Kevin Dunn, School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Kevin Dunn
Professor / Dean SSAP

Human Geography; Urban Studies; Race and Ethnic Studies.
Dr Milad Milani, Religion and Society Research Centre

Milad Milani
Associate Lecturer

Contemporary Sufism; Islam and the west; Social and Political Theory; History and Politics of Iran and the Persianate; Historical Sociology; Religion as Identity and Cultural Production.
Dr Mary Hawkins, Religion and Society Research Centre

Mary Hawkins
Associate Professor

Religious and ethnic diversity in Southeast Asia; cultural traditions of Islam in Indonesia, specifically in Kalimantan; nations, ethnic groups and globalisation.

Dr Tony Jinks, Religion and Society Research Centre

Anthony Jinks
Senior Lecturer

Psychology of paranormal experience; Psychology of  Popular Religion; Research methods and statistics. 
Doctor Helena Onnudottir, Religion and Society Research Centre

Helena Onnudottir
Lecturer

Aboriginal Australia (esp. South-East Australia); Indigenous Peoples (culture, history and rights-based matters); Indigenous Peoples and Religious Changes; Gender and Sexuality/ies.
Dr Alphia Possamai-Inesedy. Religion and Society Research Centre

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
Senior Lecturer

Sociology of reproduction; sociology of religion
Geir Presterudstuen, Religion and Society Research Centre

Geir Presterudstuen
Career Development Fellow

Anthropology of Religious and Ritual Practice; Fiji; Pacific Island Communities; Ethnography; Gender and Sexualities; Post-Colonial Theory; Economic Anthropology.
Dr Cristina Rocha, Religion and Society Research Centre

Cristina Rocha
Senior Lecturer

Globalisation; religion; transnationalism and cross-cultural negotiations with a particular interest in the cultural traffic between Japan, Brazil and Australia

 

Adjunct Members

  Alan Black

Alan Black
Adjunct Professor 

Religion, spirituality, wellbeing, social capital, and community life.

 Prof Julia Day Howell  

Julia Day Howell
Adjunct Professor

Religion, society and modernity; Indonesian studies; Sociology of Islam; Sufism; Asian New Religious Movements in Western societies; Spiritual practices and religious experiences.

 Mark Hutchinson  

Mark Hutchinson
Professional Historian

History of higher education; globalisation of Pentecostal and Charismatic movements; history of global Evangelicalism; Italian migration history; studies in comparative evangelicalism.
 Stephane Lathion

Stephane Lathion
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).

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