Our research: Making a difference
We conduct high-quality research projects that engage wider
communities with an understanding of the impact of religion in their lives.
Much of the research in the Department is interdisciplinary
in nature, and staff are committed to the pioneering of new approaches and new
methodologies. Our staff currently have research interests in:
- theology and
- Buddhist and Asian traditions
- New Age spiritualities
- Biblical Studies (including both the Old and New Testaments)
between medicine and Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism
- the sacred in contemporary culture.
Our research projects have informed United Nations policy on
NGOs, government policy on child migration, major exhibitions by the
V&A Museum of Childhood, and even inspired a folk music CD.
Members of the
Department are leading a major research project on understanding
unbelief to advance knowledge in understanding atheism, and studying the rise
and popularity of mindfulness meditation practices.
The Department has attracted prestigious research awards from the
British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the John Templeman
Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.
Visit our People page to discover more about our academic staff,
their interests and activities, and how to contact them.