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Prof. Adam Dinham

Adam Dinham is director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is Professor of Faith & Public Policy. He is policy advisor to a number of faith-based agencies and policy bodies, including the Faith Based Regeneration Network and the CoExistence Trust in the House of Lords, and has advised central government on issues of public faith. Professor Dinham’s recent publication Faith and Social Capital After the Debt Crisis (2012) examines the impact of viewing faiths as social capital, exploring whether faith can help rebalance society by drawing communities together.

Martha Shaw


Martha read French with African & Asian Studies at Sussex before completing a Masters in Social Anthropology at University College, London where she researched the public reaction to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. She then joined Church Urban Fund where she worked on faith based community development. She is a qualified teacher in Social Science and spent 4 years as Head of Sociology and Teacher of RE at a London secondary school. She is a trained facilitator and has presented on the use of participatory methods in formal education and community work. Her research has been on the role of faith communities in social action and neighbourhood renewal; religious literacy in HE; and religion and belief and intercultural education.