CFPP Research

CFPP aims to promote and develop research opportunities that explore the evolving and complex relationship between religion and urban, political, economic and civil life in the UK and other global societies as they move into the 21st century.

This relationship often continues to confound expectations based on what seemed to be firmly held sociological and social science principles from the 19th and 20th concerning the role of religion in Western societies. Within several of these views (sometimes collectively referred to as secularisation theory), it was widely predicted that religion would dwindle in influence and importance so as to cease to be a meaningful public or political force by the time the 21st century arrived.

Instead, we are finding that the religion has re-emerged as a global and politically significant phenomenon, as well as increasingly significant player within public policy and social welfare. It's cultural and social impacts also continue to be experienced in new and surprising ways, leading some to speculate that if the 20th century was largely the secular century par excellence, then the 21st century is the postsecular century, in which the forces of religion and secularism jostle and clash with one another in the public realm.

It is precisely this unexpected, fluid, unpredictable but ultimately exciting interface between the religious and the secular in public life that the Centre is committed to exploring within its research agenda.

This exploration aims to cover the following areas:

  • Religion, Public policy and Social Welfare
  • Religion and Urbanisation (including the Postsecular City)
  • Religion and Political Economy
  • Religion and Civil Society
  • Religion and Happiness and Wellbeing
  • Religious and Spiritual Capital (and its relationship and contribution to social capital)

The research will be both qualitative and quantitative in nature and interdisciplinary in its scope (e.g, engaging in the disciplines of theology, religious studies, political science and theory, economics, urban studies, human geography, critical geography, philosophy of religion, psychology of religion, cultural studies, social anthropology, sociology).

New Research Initiatives