Our purpose is to provide a supportive environment that fosters high quality research into all aspects of theology, religion and practice. The Humanities department has thirteen staff (plus visiting lecturers) teaching on five practice-based programmes to over 150 students, and there are others engaged in related research in other departments. With such a critical mass, this research group aims to explore issues of research methodology, collaborate on funding bids, showcase group research, work on publication projects together, mentor postgraduate students, and through regular meetings provide a forum for staff and postgraduate students to tackle critical issues in their research together.
The Convenors of the Group are Dr Andrew Rogers and Dr John Moxon
Faith and Place network aims to bring together academics, faith group representatives, policy makers, planners, professional bodies and charitable organisations in order to explore the critical issues surrounding places of worship in relation to planning policy. The first event of this Arts and Humanities Research Council network spanning the period September 2014 to August 2015 had a particular focus on the tensions that arise between planning priorities and the needs and practices of minority faith groups.
Research projects and reports have been accumulating in recent years on the theme of faith, place and planning. Religious demographic change, migration, and societal perspectives on the religious ‘other’ have meant that some or all of planning guidance, policy, and practice has become constraining for many new faith groups looking to establish a place of worship. The Faith and Place network is therefore timely in bringing together representatives of the five interested parties for the first time.
- Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Rogers (Practical Theology, University of Roehampton)
- Co-Investigator: Dr Richard Gale (Planning and Geography, Cardiff University)