Faiths & Civil Society Unit

Faiths & Civil Society Unit

The Faiths & Civil Society Unit is a centre of excellence linking research, policy and practice in the field of faith-based social action.

Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STACS)

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The unit brings together politics and policy, sociology and society, professional practice.

The Faiths & Civil Society Unit explores:

Politics and Policy: how decision-makers engage and shape faith-based social action in the public realm, and what this says about deliberation, participation, inclusion and social justice.

Sociology and Society: is society secular, post-secular or complexly both? How should we think and talk about religion in society, and what are the pressing issues?

Professional Practice: what do faith-based social actors do, how do they do it, what are the impacts, and what are the challenges?

These issues come together in interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange to help religion, belief and non-belief groups, policy-makers and practitioners work together effectively.

Key activities include:

  • A network of Research Fellows
  • The Religious Literacy Programme
  • Seminars and events

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