Prinicpal Investigators

Programme Leader

Lois Lee is Research Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Kent and principal investigator…

Programme Co-leader

Miguel leads the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group at Coventry University. He has previously been a…

Programme Co-leader

Jonathan is Assistant Director of the Institute of Cognition & Culture, and Lecturer in Anthropology at…

Programme Co-leader

Stephen is Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion, and Director of the Benedict XVI…

Researchers and Research Support

Programme Support

PI: Mapping the psychology of unbelief across context and cultures

Coventry University, UK Read more about Jonathan’s project here… Jonathan Jong also provides research support for…

Joanna Malone

PhD Student

Joanna’s PhD research will qualitatively explore the experiences, understandings and significance of unbelief for older adults…

Briony Campbell

Film and media consultant

Briony Campbell’s creative practice spans filmmaking, photography, education and social research. In 2009 she gained an…

Researchers, Grant Projects

Katie Aston

PI: Life Stories of the Unbeliever: Existential Narratives of Living and Dying

Newman University,  Birmingham UK Read more about Katie’s project here…

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PI: Understanding unbelief among culturally Muslim people in Sweden

Uppsala University, Sweden Read more about Ann’s project here…

PI Origin and maintenance of unbelief in a believing world

Psychology Department, University of Otago, New Zealand. Read more about Jamin’s project here…

PI Reaching for a New Sense of Connection? Towards a deeper understanding of the sociality of Generation Y non-believers in Northern and Central Europe.

Sociology, University of Kingston, London. Read more about David’s project here…

PI: Mapping the psychology of unbelief across context and cultures

Coventry University, UK Read more about Jonathan’s project here… Jonathan Jong also provides research support for…

PI: Magical thinking in contexts and situations of unbelief

Open University, UK Read more about Theodoros’ project here  

PI Uncovering the hidden nature of unbelief

Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki, Finland. Read more about Marjanna’s project here…

PI: Minority Millennials and the Rise of “Religious Nones”: A Comparative Analysis

Norfolk State University, US Read more about Aprilfaye’s project here…

PI: Meaning Making Narratives Among Non-religious Individuals Facing the End of Life

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Sacred Heart University, US Read more about Christel’s project here……

PI: Exploring the Belief Replacement Hypothesis: What secular beliefs do non-believers have, and what psychological functions do they serve?

Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University, UK. Read more about Valerie’s project…

PI Understanding Unbelief in Egypt

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University, The Netherlands. Read more about Karin’s project…

Yutaka Osakabe

PI: Understanding unbelief in Japan

Independent Researcher, Tokyo Japan Read More about Yutaka’s project here…

PI: Kernels of Doubt: A Cross-Cultural Examination of the Ubiquity and Form of Religious (Non)Commitment

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Read more about Benjamin’s project here…

PI Mindfulness Meditation: A Secular Religion for Unbelievers

Coventry University, UK Read more about Masoumeh’s project here…

PI: Understanding unbelief in Estonia

Institute of Cultural Research and Arts, University of Tartu, Estonia Read more about Atko’s project here…

Azim Shariff

PI: Accurately measuring belief in God around the world

University of California, Irvine, US Read more about Azim’s project here…

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PI: Jewish Unbelief in Contemporary Britain

Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London Read More about Ruth’s project here…

PI: Understanding unbelief in secular social action: Doing whose work?

University of Ottawa Read more about Timothy’s project here…

PI: The amoral atheist? A cross-cultrual examination of cognitive, motivational and cultural contributors to unbelief and moral considerations

University of Illinois at Chicago, US Read more about Tomas’ project here…

PI Nonreligious childhood: Growing up unbelieving in contemporary Britain

Religious Studies, University of Kent. Read more about Anna’s project here…

Turpin

PI: Unholy Catholic Ireland – Unbelief, Morality and the Rejection of the Church

Queen’s University, Belfast Read more about Hugh’s project here…

Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Fuller Theological Seminary

Steering Committee

London School of Economics

Steering Committee

Raymond F. Paloutzian is among those who helped trigger the development of the psychology of religion…

Steering Committee

University of Kent

Steering Committee

Pew Research Centre Conrad Hackett is associate director of research and senior demographer at Pew Research…

Steering Committee

Newman University