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The Religion and Society Research Programme has been a collaborative venture between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

About Linda (Director), Peta (Administrator) & Rebecca (RA)

Together these UK government funded research councils contributed £12m to fund research of the highest quality on the interrelationships between religion and society.

The Programme started in January 2007, with projects ending by Summer 2013. It has funded 75 original projects [click here to see the full list] across the arts, humanities and social sciences in three phases, with Phase 2 focused on Youth and Religion. Four types of projects (large grants; small grants; collaborative studentships; networks and workshops) have been funded. These awards have been held across UK universities. Funded research has been historical as well as contemporary in focus, and many projects have investigated international contexts.

Please browse Research and Findings and Publications to learn more about the research conducted and its outcomes.

The Programme continues to organise the Westminster Faith Debates (2012-2015), which bring research on religion into public debate, supported by the AHRC, ESRC and Lancaster University.



The funders

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

Visit AHRC website

Economic & Social Research Council

The Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC] is the UK's leading agency for research funding and training in economic and social sciences.

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