Welcome to the Understanding Unbelief programme website

Understanding Unbelief is a major new research programme aiming to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and other forms of so-called ‘unbelief’ around the world. Its central research questions concern the nature and diversity of ‘unbelief’.

As well as core research,  the programme includes grant competitions providing £1.25m for new research and public engagement activities.

The Understanding Unbelief programme runs between 2017 and 2019, and is based at the University of Kent. The £2.3m programme is made possible through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (JTF grant ID#60624), and is a collaboration with St Mary’s University TwickenhamCoventry University, Queens University Belfast and the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network.


Does religious unbelief exist?

Programme director Lois Lee talks about what we mean by ‘unbelief’, and why we should be interested in it. Watch her Think Kent talk here.


You can find us on Facebook at Understanding Unbelief and Twitter @U_Unbelief

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