About the Centre

Aims and focus of the Centre

The aim of the Centre is to foster research into the immensely important, and increasingly contentious, role of religion in public life in the world today, and to provide a forum in which contemporary research and scholarship can be debated and disseminated.

As the focus for an academic community at the forefront of current research into the nature and role of Christianity, Islam and African and Indian religions in society, politics and culture, the Institute brings together a group of scholars seeking to overturn the neglect or marginalisation of religious factors in many academic and popular debates about public life.

The Centre's interdisciplinary character, signalled by the theological, sociological, anthropological and historical interests of its participants, make it a unique forum for the study of contemporary religion, while its promotion of research into issues such as globalisation, violence, ethics, technology, development studies, ecology, diaspora, race and ethnicity mean it is uniquely placed to make a substantive contribution to serious consideration of some of the most pressing intellectual and practical challenges facing the world today.

The Centre for Religion and Public Life acts as the focus for our current research into religion, culture and society across the globe.

Research in the CRPL is currently clustered in five main areas, which have attracted significant external funding, and reflect past and ongoing projects:

Contact: Director: Dr Emma Tomalin

+44 (0)113 343 3658