Here is a summary of the Programme's original aims:
1. Knowledge: advance knowledge and understanding of religion and society.
2. Interdisciplinarity: promote effective working between disciplines and build new connections and understandings.
3. Intellectual capacity: develop an enduring research field in terms of theories, methods, sources, materials and case studies which will enable comparative analyses of religion and society to be undertaken.
4. Human capacity: develop the research community by supporting new researchers and integrating them with established ones.
B. Knowledge Exchange
5. Stakeholders: facilitate exchange between researchers and non-academic stakeholders, including those in government agencies, public, charitable and voluntary bodies, the creative industries, the cultural and heritage sectors (including museums and galleries).
6. Public and Voluntary Sectors: Provide insights of practical and policy relevance.
7. Research subjects: promote effective working relations between researchers and the researched, including religious organisations and their members.
8. General Public: contribute to public awareness by disseminating findings and addressing current issues of public concern through outputs directed at a wide audience (including web pages, exhibitions, performances, public lectures and broadcasts).
9. Make a significant international impact within the field.
For the full description of the aims and intellectual scope and rationale of the Programme see the Programme Specification.