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Dr Josh Bullock

Postdoctoral researcher

About

Josh Bullock is a postdoctoral research fellow at Kingston University, London. He is a sociologist of religion, but his research predominantly focuses on nonreligion. He is currently working on a Templeton funded Understanding Unbelief project (Co-I) which will contribute to mapping the diversity of unbelief in Northern and Central Europe by using survey, social media and interview data across six countries (UK, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Norway, and Romania). He successfully defended his PhD in December 2017 in the sociology of the Sunday Assembly. Josh has a contract with Routledge for his monograph, titled Nonreligion & the Sunday Assembly, expected publication 2019. Josh is a committee member for the BSA sociology of religion (SocRel) study group and is a former deputy editor for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN). Josh has presented internationally and been an invited speaker at Oxford, Leeds, and Durham.

Areas of specialism

  • Sociology of religion
  • Nonreligion
  • Atheism
  • Belonging
  • Community
  • Secularisation
  • Sunday Assembly
  • Unbelief

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Supporting active learning through teaching certificate, Kingston University

Professional membership

British Sociological Association (BSA) member

BSA Sociology of Religion study group member

Research

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 unbelief? I wondered if similar forms of unbelief are developing elsewhere, especially in Europe. To explore this further, I was awarded an Understanding Unbelief (Kent) as Co-I on a research project with Professor David Herbert (P.I) called 'Reaching for a New Sense of Connection? Towards a Deeper Understanding of the Sociality of Generation Y Non-Believers in Northern and Central Europe' which contributes to mapping the diversity of unbelief by using survey, social media and interview data across six countries (UK, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Norway, and Romania). The project aims to understand better what appears to be the distinctive sociality of unbelief, in a climate of increased religious visibility and religion-based communal identification (if not participation).

Publications

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