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Research Group: Faith and Peaceful Relations

• Religious diversity
• Religion and conflict

• Peacebuilding
• Faith and social justice


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.


The Team

Krisin Aune

Kristin Aune (Group Leader)

Religion in higher education, sociology of religion, gender, feminism, secularism, chaplaincy

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Islam, Muslim women, feminism, digital methodologies, religion in higher, religion and non-religion in Britain

Dilwar Hussain

Dilwar Hussain

Islam, contextual theology, extremism, radicalisation, British Muslims, urban theology

Chas Morrison

Chas Morrison

Conflict transformation, civil society & faith groups, religion in conflict

Neslihan Ozfaris

Neslihan Ozfaris

Integrated Peacebuilding, peace education, Muslim women, interfaith & intercultural dialogue, civil society

Laura Payne

Laura Payne

Faith-based peacebuilding, religious violence, conflict transformation, civil society, youth, peace processes

 Chris Shannahan

Chris Shannahan

Religion and politics, religion and multiculturalism, theology and poverty, secularisation, hip-hop


Paul Weller

Religion and Belief, State and Society Relationships, Discrimination and Equality

PhD Researchers

Clement Anaedevha

Faith-based development organisations, peacebuilding

Emmanuel Gore

Transitional justice; faith-based national reconciliation; policy analysis for political change; global politics of peacebuilding; conflict transformation

Alison Halford

Mormonism, gender-based violence, religious activism, regional practices within a global religion

Mandeep Singh Sehmi

Marriage, divorce, inter-faith marriage, same-sex marriage, Sikh Dharam