Abby Day

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Abby Day


Professor of Race, Faith & Culture



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Abby Day’s work is focused on building capacity and representing sociology of religion both inside and outside univers

Abby Day’s work is focused on building capacity and representing sociology of religion both inside and outside universities, nationally and internationally, through teaching, research, publishing and supervision.

She is Executive Editor of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, past-Chair of the Sociology of Religion study group within the British Sociological Association, a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, and past Trustee of the Sociological Review. She also serves as a Member, Office for National Statistics, on census questions regarding Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Religious Studies, Lancaster University 2006

Teaching and supervision

Abby's current undergraduate modules are: ‘Analysing the Complexity of Contemporary Religious Life (3rd year)’ and ‘Religion Crime and Law’ (2nd year) Her post-graduate teaching focuses on two sociology of religion themes for the MA Thinking Sociologically.
Abby teaches on the 1st year Module, Crime Control and the State.

Research interests

Research focuses on religion and national identity, generations, gender, crime and social justice.

Publications and research outputs


Day, Abby. 2017. The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen: The Last Active Anglican Generation. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198739586

Day, Abby. 2011. Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199577873

Day, Abby. 2008. How to Get Research Published in Journals. 2nd edition. Aldershot UK: Gower (now Routledge). ISBN 0566088150

Edited Book

Day, Abby, ed. 2016. Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion: Powers and Pieties. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 9781472444134

Day, Abby and Lövheim, Mia, eds. 2015. Modernities, Memory and Mutations: Grace Davie and the Study of Religion. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 9781472436177

Book Section

Braverman, Danny. 2022. "This Island's Mine": University Teaching as Inclusive Dramaturgy. In: Abby Day; Lois Lee; David S. P. Thomas and James Spickard, eds. Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization: Practical Tools for Improving Teaching, Research and Scholarship. Bristol: Bristol University Press, pp. 64-80. ISBN 9781529216646

Day, Abby. 2019. Anthropology of Ministry. In: Martyn Percy; Emma Percy and Ian Markham, eds. The Study of Ministry: A Comprehensive Survey of Theory and Best Practice. London: SPCK Publishing, pp. 41-55. ISBN 9780281081363


Day, Abby. 2020. Towards increasing diversity in the study of religion. Religion, 50(1), pp. 46-52. ISSN 0048-721X

Day, Abby. 2019. Textbooks for teaching the sociology of religion. Religion, 49(2), pp. 296-307. ISSN 0048-721X

Day, Abby. 2016. Response to: Around Abby Day’s Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World. Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 7, pp. 97-111. ISSN 2150-9298 2150-9301

Media engagements

2022: Guardian on census and Christian decline, Baby Boomers and Millennials
Abby Day commented on new census data for various print and broadcast publications. The Guardian (29/11/2022) analysis included a comment from Abby on the decline of Christianity and the baby boomer g

2022: BBC Radio Live on census and Christian decline
BBC Radio 5 Live (29/11/2022) also interviewed Abby [from 06:08] about the decline in Christianity across England and Wales.

2022: The World
Abby said: “This is a story about generations over time, in a sense, it’s quite predictable.” US Podcast The World (29/11/2022)