Stephen joined Newman in 2015 as Research Fellow in the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society. He previously held research positions at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, and York St John University. He has received grants from bodies including the Barrow Cadbury Trust, AHRC, RCUK, BIS, HEFCE and OFFA which have explored questions about faith-based activism, religion and public policy and higher education policy. His research has been featured in The Times Higher Education and The Daily Telegraph, and he has advised BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme and the Women and Equalities Committee in the House of Commons on multiculturalism and Muslim representation.
Stephen is a sociologist of religion whose main interest is in Islam in the UK. His publications cover religion and higher education; the political representation of Muslim minorities; the sociology of religious knowledge; multiculturalism in Britain; and preventing extremism policy. He is currently carrying out research for a large-scale research project looking at how people understand the relationship between science and religion.
Stephen is currently supervising one PhD student, who is completing a thesis on Muslim perceptions of evolution. He has previously taught classical and contemporary sociology and has lectured on Islam and Muslims in Britain.
Membership of Professional Organisations
Stephen is a member of the Muslims in Britain Research Network; the British Association of Islamic Studies; the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group; and the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. He is a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol and an Associate Research Manager at CFE Research.
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