Focus of our research
The Faith and Peaceful Relations Group explores the role religion can play in achieving more peaceful and just societies. Faith can be a driver of peace, reconciliation and social justice, yet it can also be a source of violence, exclusion and misunderstanding. Our research explores the positive difference faith and belief can make in today’s world and how conflicts relating to religion can be overcome.
We promote religious literacy in the academic fields our work draws from, especially politics, international relations, sociology and theology. We consider religion deserves more academic attention. Our work includes large-scale international research, tailored evaluations of local organisations, consultancy and delivery of training. We emphasise collaborative and participatory approaches.
Our Centre runs an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and a PhD programme. We invite applications from prospective students. We work with a range of stakeholders and funders, including UK and European research councils, civil society organisations, faith-based charities and grassroots groups.
We have delivered projects with and for the Anglican Communion, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Council, Department for International Development, the Economic and Social Research Council, the International Society for the Sociology of Religion, Norwegian People’s Aid, the Church Urban Fund and a range of international universities
We have particular expertise in faith-based conflict resolution, inter-faith dialogue, religion in conflict, contextual theology, gender and religious leadership.
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