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Dr Josh Bullock

Lecturer in Criminology


I am a criminology lecturer and sociologist of religion. My research predominantly focuses on nonreligion, but I am interested in how and where people find a sense of connection, as well as what values and beliefs people hold (especially Millennials) and how this can lead to crimes against minority groups. 

From 2018-2019 I worked as a postdoctoral researcher (Co-I) on an Understanding Unbelief grant called "Reaching for a New Sense of Connection?" which contributed to mapping the diversity of people who say they have no religion by using survey, social media and interview data, but travelling to six countries (UK, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Norway and Romania) across 25 towns and cities.I am expecting to publish my monograph: Nonreligion & the Sunday Assembly based Routledge in 2020 as well as a number of forthcoming articles and chapters including ‘Nonreligion and Europe' in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe.

Areas of specialism

  • Religion
  • Nonreligion
  • Atheism
  • Belonging
  • Community
  • Belonging
  • Activism
  • Beliefs
  • Meaning-making
  • Sunday Assembly


  • PhD, Kingston University, London
  • MSc Social and Cultural Theory, University of Bristol
  • BA Media and Cultural Studies and Sociology, The University of the West of England


My PhD focused on the Sunday Assembly (a secular community in London) and what it reveals about believing, belonging and community, and their relationship with religion, secularisation and wonder and why the need for congregational nonreligion?


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