Religion, Public Institutions and Culture Research Group

Research area lead: Professor Sylvia Collins-Mayo

The Religion, Public Institutions and Culture Research Group brings together colleagues in the Criminology, Politics and Sociology Department. The group has interests across a range of vibrant and contested fields including: religion, nonreligion, Covid-19, nationalism and national identity, gender and religion, migration and religion, religion and youth, sociology of urban religion, religion and families, animals and spirituality, religious imagery and language, religion and spirituality in healthcare settings. Whether we look at individual or group dynamics, religion has emerged as one of the most contested aspects of contemporary societies across the world in the 21st century.

Current research

  • The faith and spirituality of young people, with a focus on how young people relate to Christianity. The social and spiritual impact of street pastors and the faith and spirituality of Generation Y
  • The effects of social practices, geographies and cultural histories of a variety of religious communities in London for the nature of attachment to particular places and groups
  • London's Buddhist communities and their response to the particular transformations of the late modern city
  • Intersections of religion with gender, race and class, and how these interact with social location, power relations and lived experience with a focus on the role of religion in families and healthcare
  • Gender relations and feminism in the Muslim-majority world
  • Religion and animals - focusing on the ways in which religious belief conceptualises nonhuman animals and has direct consequences for them
  • Gender and religion amongst different faith groups
  • Understanding Unbelief: Reaching for a new sense of Connection? Towards a deeper understanding of the sociality of generation Y non-believers in Northern and Central Europe
  • Modelling threat causation for religiosity and nationalism in Europe
  • Religion and vaccine hesitancy