Prinicpal Investigators

Dr Lois Lee

Programme Leader

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

Dr Miguel Farias

Programme Co-leader

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

Dr Jonathan Lanman

Programme Co-leader

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

Professor Stephen Bullivant

Programme Co-leader

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

Researchers and Research Support

Briony Campbell

Film and media consultant

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

Claire Berlyn

Programme Support

Dr Jonathan Jong

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…

Researchers, Grant Projects

Dr Tomas Ståhl

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…

Dr Timothy Stacey

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

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

Dr Theodoros Kyriakides

PI: Magical thinking in contexts and situations of unbelief

Open University, UK Read more about Theodoros’ project here  

Dr Masoumeh Rahmani

PI Mindfulness Meditation: A Secular Religion for Unbelievers

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

Professor Christel Manning

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……

Dr Karin van Nieuwkerk

PI Understanding Unbelief in Egypt

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

Dr David Herbert

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…

Dr Anna Strhan

PI Nonreligious childhood: Growing up unbelieving in contemporary Britain

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

Professor Jamin Halberstadt

Co-PI Origin and maintenance of unbelief in a believing world

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

Dr Marjanna Lindeman

PI Uncovering the hidden nature of unbelief

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

Dr Jonathan Jong

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…

Steering Committee

Dr Justin L. Barrett

Steering Committee

Fuller Theological Seminary

Professor Matthew Engelke

Steering Committee

London School of Economics

Professor Emeritus Raymond Paloutzian

Steering Committee

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

Professor Gordon Lynch

Steering Committee

University of Kent

Dr Conrad Hackett

Steering Committee

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

Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker

Steering Committee

Newman University