Professor Paul Weller

Position: Professor of Inter-Religious Relations and Senior Research Fellow and Head of Research and Commercial Development

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

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About

I have been at the University of Derby since 1990.

My employed role is both strategically and operationally to lead and manage research in the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, which is the University's largest and most research-engaged Faculty. The Faculty includes several University recognised research centres and groups, and a number of other research units, and approximately 60 research degree students as well as over 100 students on professional Doctorate programmes.

I also have strategic responsibility for commercial development in the Faculty, working together with the Faculty's Innovation and Enterprise Manager.

From 2010-2012 I am partially seconded to head up a national Arts and Humanities and Economic and Social Research Council "Religion and Society" Research Programme project on "Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice, 2000-2010" (see http://www.derby.ac.uk/religion-and-society). As a consequence, aspects of my Faculty research leadership are at present exercised through a Faculty Research Leadership team while I work around half-time on the national research project.

Teaching responsibilities

My present role means that I am at the moment involved in very little classroom teaching. However, I do contribute to the Level 6 Sociology module on Religion and Society, and I undertake research supervision of a number of doctoral students engaged in research with relevance to religion.

Professional interests

I have specific interests in the study and practice of religion, having served as a Baptist Minister working in congregations in Greater Manchester (1997-1984). I then worked as Community Relations Officer for the Ecumenical Council in Greater Manchester on issues of racial justice and inter-faith relations, as well as later for the London Churches Employment Development Unit as an Employment Development Officer. In the early years of the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom I worked (1988-1989) as its Resources Officer. I have continued to serve a range of religious-related bodies, most recently having acted as Chair of the Faiths Forum for the East Midlands (2004-2007). 

Research interests

As Professor of Inter-Religious Relations, I focus particularly on the relationship between religions in the public sphere and between religions, the state and society in respect of the institutions and processes of governance. I also have research interests in relation to religions and statistics; religions and discrimination; religious freedom and human rights; religions and dialogue; the teaching of the Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen and the practice of the movement inspired by his teaching.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Christianity and Culture of Regent's Park College, University of Oxford (1995-)
  • Member of the Core Planning Group, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford (2008-)
  • Member of the Baptist Historical Society (1984-)
  • Member of the British Association for the Study of Religion (1990-)
  • Trustee of the Interreligiose Arbeitstelle, Nachrodt, Germany (1990-)
  • Member of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Paris', Academic Response to Racism and Anti-Semitism (1995-)
  • Council of the Forum of Faiths for Derby (2004-)
  • Trustee of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby (2006-)
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Religion and Society Programme research project on "Christianity and the University Experience" (2009-)
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Religion and Society Programme research project on "Multi-Faith Spaces: Symptoms and Agents of Social Change" (2010-)
  • Member of the Expert Panel on Faith advising the Secretary of State for Communities, other Ministers and Civil Servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government (2010-)

Recent publications

Authored Books

  • P. Weller and K. Purdam, et al Religious Discrimination in England and Wales: Interim Report, January 2000, University of Derby, Derby, 2000.
  • P. Weller, A. Feldman and K. Purdam, Religious Discrimination in England and Wales, Home Office Research Study 220, Research, Development and Statistics Directorate, The Home Office, London, 2001
  • P. Weller, Time for a Change: Reconfiguring Religion, State and Society, T & T Clark, London, 2005.
  • J. Beckford, R. Gale, D. Owen, C. Peach, and J. Beckford, R. Gale, D. Owen, C. Peach, and P. Weller, Review of the Evidence Base on Faith Communities, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, London. electronic publication only, at:www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1165319, 2006.
  • P. Weller, Religious Diversity in the UK: Contours and Issues, Continuum, London, 2008.
  • P. Weller, A Mirror for our Times: The Rushdie Affair and the Future of Multiculturalism, Continuum, London, 2009.

Edited Books

  • P. Weller (ed.), Religions in the UK: A Multi-Faith Directory, University of Derby, Derby, 1993.
  • P. Weller (ed.), Religions in the UK: A Multi-Faith Directory, University of Derby, 1997.
  • P. Weller (ed.), Religions in the UK: A Directory, 2001-3, University of Derby in association with the Multi-Faith Centre, Derby, 2001
  • P. Weller (ed.), Religions in the UK: Directory, 2007-10, (ed) University of Derby in association with the Multi-Faith Centre, Derby, 2007.

Short Works (Booklets, Packs etc)

  • P. Weller, Ministry and Racial Justice, Baptist Union Department of Ministry, London, 1984 (booklet).
  • P. Weller, Legalised Abduction: The Struggle of Vinod Chauhan, Vinod Chauhan Defence Campaign, Manchester, 1984 (booklet).
  • P. Weller, The Problems of the White Ethnic Majority, ONE/CARAF Publications, London, 1984, (booklet).
  • P. Weller, Believing and Doing in Plural Society, Upholland Northern Institute/ Manchester Christian Institute, Manchester, 1985, (study pack).
  • P. Weller, Sanctuary, The Beginning of a Movement? The Runnymede Trust, London, 1987 (booklet).
  • P. Weller (ed.), Handbook of Affiliated Organisations, (ed), The Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom, London, 1988 (booklet).
  • P. Weller, Sanctuary: A Study Pack,British Council of Churches, London, 1989 (study pack).
  • P. Weller, The Multi-Faith Dimensions of Sanctuary in the United Kingdom, University of Kent Centre for the Study of Study of Religion and Society pamphlet library, 1989 (booklet).
  • P. Weller and Kingsley Purdam, Religious Discrimination in England and Wales: Executive Summary of an Interim Report, January 2000, University of Derby, Derby 2000 (booklet).
  • P. Weller, God, Jesus and Dialogue: The Beach Lectures for 2005, Centre for the Study of Religious and Cultural Diversity, Occasional Papers, No. 3, Newbold College, Bracknell, 2006 (booklet).
  • P. Weller (ed.), Migration Principles: Statement for Churches Working on Migration Issues, Churches Commission for Racial Justice, Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, London, 2007

Book Chapters:

  • P. Weller, "Many Faiths and World Peace: The British Microcosm", in D. Ormrod (ed), Towards a Theology for Reconciliation, British Christian Peace Conference, London, 1984, pp.45-54
  • P. Weller , "A Quarrel Between Two Bald Men About a Comb: Britain, Argentina and the Malvinas/Falkland Islands", in D. Ormrod (ed), Towards a Theology for Reconciliation, British Christian Peace Conference, London, 1984, pp. 25-32
  • P. Weller, "Thinking the Unthinkable and Saying the Unsayable", in D. Edgar, K. Leech & P. Weller, The New Right and the Church, Jubilee Publications, London, 1985, pp. 31-48.
  • P. Weller, "The Rushdie Controversy and Inter-Faith Relations", in D. Cohn-Sherbok (ed), The Salman Rushdie Affair in Interreligious Perspective, Edwin Mellen Press, Lampeter, 1990, pp. 37-57.
  • P. Weller, "The Multi-Faith Dimensions of Sanctuary in the United Kingdom", in D. Cohn-Sherbok (ed), The Canterbury Papers: Essays on Religion and Society, Bellew Publishing, London, 1990, pp. 144-163.
  • P. Weller, "Das Integrieren religiöser, sozialer, und politischer Werte in einer kulturell pluralistischen Gesellschaft: aus der Perspektive eines Christen", in R. Kirste, P. Schwarzenau, U. Tworsuhka (Hrsgs.) Religionen in Gespräch, Band 2, Engel, Elementen, Energien, Zimmerman Verlag, Barlave, Germany, 1992, pp. 107-116.
  • P. Weller, "Sanctuary in Britain, in V. Robinson (ed.), The International Refugee Crisis: British and Canadian Responses", Macmillan Press, Basingstoke, 1993, pp. 196-209.
  • P. Weller, "Das `Inter Faith Network for the UK': eine neue Initiative in den Interreligiösen Beziehungen", in J. Lähnemann (Hrsg.), Die Wiederwachen der Religionen als Pädagogische Herausforderung: Interreligiose Erziehungen im Spannungsfeld von Fundamentalismus und Säkularismus, E.B. Verlag-Rissen, Hamburg, 1993, pp. 423-431.
  • P. Weller, "Der Studeingang `Religiöser Pluralismus' an der Universität Derby", in R. Kirste, P. Schwarzenau and U. Tworushka (Hrsgs.), Religionen in Gespräch, Band 3, Interreligiöser Dialog Zwischen Tradition und Moderne, Zimmerman Druck und Verlag GMbh, Balve, Germany, 1994, pp. 405-410.
  • P. Weller, "The Changing Patterns of Worship Space Provision in Britain", in the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom, Places of Worship: The Practicalities and Politics of Sacred Space in Multi-Faith Britain, 
    Inter Faith Network for the UK, London, 1995, pp. 4-16.
  • P. Weller, "MultiFaithNet: Religionen on-Line" in R. Kirste, and U. Tworushka (Hrsgs.), Religionen in Gespräch, Band 5, Die Dialogische Kraft des Mystischen, Zimmerman Druck und Verlag GMbh, Balve, Germany, 1998, pp. 513-519, 1998.
  • P. Weller, "Equity, Inclusivity and Participation in a Plural Society: Challenging the Establishment of the Church of England" in P. Edge and G. Harvey (eds) Law and Religion in Contemporary Society: Communities, Individualism and the State, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2000, pp. 53-67.
  • P. Weller, "Written Submission to the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords with special reference to the Role of Organised Religion in The Second Chamber", in A House for the Future, Accompanying CD to the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, A House for the Future: A Summary, Cm 4534, Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, London, 2000.
  • P. Weller, "Oral Evidence on the Role of Organised Religion in the Second Chamber" to the 14th June 1999 Public Hearing of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, at the Council House Birmingham, in A House for the Future, Accompanying CD to the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, A House for the Future: A Summary, Cm 4534, the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, London, 2000.
  • P. Weller, "What We Might Think and How We Might Act - Diplomacy, Challenge and Exploration in Multi-Faith Britain", in D. Hart (ed), Multi-Faith Britain: An Experiment in Worship, O Books, Alresford, 2002, pp. 127-139.
  • P. Weller, "Insiders or Outsiders? Propositions for European Religions, States and Societies", in A. Race and I Shafer, Religions in Dialogue: From Theocracy to Democracy, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2002, pp. 193-208.
  • P. Weller, "Religion, Ethnicity and the Development of More Inclusive Health Care", in L. Basford and O. Slevin, Theory and Practice of Nursing: An Integrated Approach to Caring Practice, Nelson Thornes, Cheltenham, 2003, pp. 376-391.
  • P. Weller, "The Dimensions and Dynamics of Religious Discrimination: Findings and Analysis from the UK", in Ghanea, N (ed.), The Challenge of Religious Discrimination at the Dawn of the New Millennium, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, 2003, pp. 57-81.
  • P. Weller, "Hindus and Sikhs: Community Development and Religious Discrimination in England and Wales", in Jacobsen, K and Kumar, P (eds), South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Religious Traditions, Brill, Leiden, 2004, pp. 454-497.
  • P. Weller, A. Feldman & K. Purdam, "Muslims and Religious Discrimination in England and Wales", in J. Malik (ed), Muslim Minority Societies in Europe LIT Verlag, Műnster, 2004, pp. 115-144.
  • P. Weller, "Fethullah Gülen, Religions, Globalisation and Dialogue", in R. Hunt and Y. Aslandoğan, Muslim Citizens of the Globalized World: Contributions of the Gülen Movement, The Light Inc. and IID Press, Somerset, NJ, 2006, pp. 85-100.
  • P. Weller, "The Changing Face of Europe: The Nature and Role of Ethnic Minorities in European Societies", in Penner, P (ed.), Ethnic Churches - A Baptist Response, European Baptist Federation/International Baptist Theological Seminary, Neufeld Verlag, Schwarzenfeld, 2006, pp. 17-63.
  • P. Weller, " 'Human Rights', 'Religion' and the 'Secular': Variant Configurations of Religion(s), State(s) and Society(ies)", Ghanea, N; Stephens, A; and Walden, R (eds.), Does God Believe in Human Rights: Essays on Religion and Human Rights, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, 2007, pp. 147-179.
  • P. Weller, "Conspiracy Theories and the Incitement of Hatred: The Dynamics of Deception, Plausibility and Defamation", in M. Fineberg, S. Samuels, and M. Weitzman, eds. (2007), Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred. Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal, Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2007, pp. 182-197.
  • P. Weller"Dialogical and Transformative Resources: Perspectives from Fethullah Gűlen on Religion and Public Life", in Peaceful Co-Existence: Fethullah Gűlen's Initiatives in the Contemporary World (Conference Proceedings of an International conference of the same name, held at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 22nd-23rd November, 2007), Leeds Metropolitan University Press, London, 2007, pp. 242-265
  • P. Weller, "Robustness and Civility: Themes from Fethullah Gülen as Resource and Challenge for Government, Muslims and Civil Society in the United Kingdom", in The Muslim World in Transition: Contributions of the Gülen Movement (Conference Proceedings of a conference of the same name, held at the House of Lords, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics, London, 25th-27th October 2007), Leeds Metropolitan University Press, London, 2007, pp. 268-284.
  • P. Weller, "Les theories de la conspiracion et l'incitation à la haine: les mécanismes de la tromperie, de la crédibilité et de la diffamation", in S. Samuels, and M. Weitzman, (eds.), Éditions Le Manuscrit.com, 2008, pp. 267-288.
  • P. Weller"Religions and Governance in the UK: Religious Diversity, Established Religion and Emergent Alternatives", in P. Bramadat and M. Koenig (eds), International Migration and the Governance of Religious Diversity, McGill University, Canada, 2009, pp. 161-194.
  • P. Weller, 'How Participation Changes Things: 'Inter-Faith', 'Multi-Faith' and a New Public Imaginary", in A. Dinham; R. Furbey, and V. Lowndes (eds), Faith in the Public Realm: Controversies, Policies and Practices, Policy Press, Bristol, 2009, pp. 63-81.
  • P. Weller"Between Prophetic Symbolism, Pastoral Practice and Parliamentary Process: Religious Groups and the Practice of Sanctuary in the UK," in L. Derrocher, C. Gélinas, S. Lebel-Grenier, and P. Nöel (eds.), L'Asile Religieux: Entre Désobéissance Civil et Obligation Légale/Giving Sanctuary to Illegal Immigrants: Between Civil Disobedience and Legal Obligation, Les Éditions Revue de Droit de l'Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, 2009, pp. 203-239.
  • P. Weller"Roots, Developments and Issues: 19th Century Prefigurations for State, Religious and Cultural Diversity in 21st Century England", in L. Derrocher, C. Gélinas, S. Lebel-Grenier, and P. Nöel (eds.), L'État et la Diversité Culturelle et Religieuse, 1800-1914 /The State and Cultural and Religious Diversity in Canada, 1800-1914, Presses d'Université de Quebec/ University of Quebec Press, Quebec, 2009, pp. 181-214.
  • P. Weller"Praktischen Religionswissenschaft: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Working for Government on Researching Religion: Some Examples from the UK", in Jürgen Court and Michael Klöcker (eds.), Wege und Welten der Religionen: Forschungen under Vermittlungen, Festchschrift für Udo Tworushka, Verlag Otto Lembeck, Franfurt am Main, 2009, pp. 671-678.
  • P. Weller"Religions in the UK in the Twenty-First Century" in J. Hinnells (ed.), The Penguin Handbook of the World's Living Religions, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 2010, pp. 896-920. 

Journal Articles:

  • P. Weller, "For He is our Peace: Baptist responsibilities in British-Argentinian Reconciliation", in The Baptist Quarterly, April 1985, pp. 66-73.
  • P. Weller, "Sanctuary and the British Churches", in The Modern Churchman, ns. Volume XXX, No. 4, 1989, pp. 12-17.
  • P. Weller, "Freedom and witness in a multi-religious society: A Baptist perspective Part I", in The Baptist Quarterly, Volume XXXIII, April 1990, pp. 252-264.
  • P. Weller, "Freedom and witness in a multi-religious society: A Baptist perspective. Part II", in The Baptist Quarterly, Volume XXXIII, July 1990, pp. 302-315.
  • P. Weller, "Transformed for dialogue: social context and theological development in Britain (part I)", in The Modern Churchman, ns. Volume XXXII, No. 3, 1990, pp. 51-63.
  • P. Weller, "Transformed for dialogue: social context and theological development (part II)", in The Modern Churchman, ns. Volume XXXII, No. 4, 1991, pp. 46-54.
  • P. Weller, "Transformed for dialogue: social context and theological development (part III)", in The Modern Churchman, ns. Volume XXXII, No. 5, 1991, pp. 42-50.
  • P. Weller, "Transformed for dialogue: social context and theological development (part IV)", in The Modern Churchman, ns. Volume XXXIII, No. 1, 1991, pp. 43-50.
  • P. Weller, "Inter-faith roots and shoots: an outlook for the 1990s", in World Faiths Encounter, No. 1, March 1992, pp. 48-57.
  • P. Weller, "A new way forward in Church and Higher Education?", in Collegium, Volume I, No. 2, 1992, pp. 44-73.
  • P. Weller, "Religion and equal opportunities in Higher Education", in The Journal of International Education, Volume III, November 1992, pp. 53-64.
  • P. Weller, "The Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom", in The Anglo-Indian Historical Review: A Journal of History, Volume XX, No. 1, 1994, pp. 20-26.
  • P. Weller, "Les communautés religieuses et leurs structures organisationnelles en Grande-Bretagne", in Migrance, No 6/7, 1994-95, pp. 58-73.
  • P. Weller, "Integrating social, political and religious values in a multi-faith society", in World Faiths Encounter,No. 12, November, 1995, pp. 28-37.
  • P. Weller and A. Andrews), "Counting Religion: Religion, Statistics and the 2001 Census", in World Faiths Encounter, No. 21, November 1998, pp. 23-34.
  • P. Weller, "Faith and Justice: Issues of Justice Within Differing Faith Communities", in World Faiths Encounter, No. 22, March 1999, pp. 16-28.
  • P. Weller, "Insiders or Outsiders? Religion(s), State(s) and Society: Propositions for Europe. Part I", in The Baptist Quarterly, Volume XXXIX, No. 5, January 2002, pp. 211-222.
  • P. Weller, "Insiders or Outsiders? Religion(s), State(s) and Society: Propositions for Europe. Part II", in The Baptist Quarterly, Volume XXXIX, No. 6, April 2002, pp. 276-286.
  • P. Weller, "Unfair Treatment Between Religions: Findings of a Research Project in England and Wales", in Interreligious Insight , Volume I, No. 2, April 2003, pp. 62-71.
  • P. Weller, "Identity, Politics and the Future(s) of Religion in the UK: The Case of the Religion Questions in the 2001 Decennial Census", in Journal of Contemporary Religion, Volume 19, No. 1, January 2004, pp. 3-21.
  • P. Weller, "Religions and Social Capital: Theses on Religion(s), State(s) and Society(ies): with Particular Reference to the United Kingdom and the European Union", in The Journal of International Migration and Integration, Spring 2005, Volume XI, No. 2, pp. 271-289.
  • P. Weller, " 'Human Rights', 'Religion' and the 'Secular': Variant Configurations of Religion(s), State(s) and Society(ies)", in Religion and Human Rights: An International Journal, Volume 1, No. 1, 2006, pp. 17-39.
  • P. Weller, "Addressing Religious Discrimination and Islamophobia: Muslims and Liberal Democracies. The Case of the United Kingdom", in The Journal of Islamic Studies, Advanced published, doi: 10.1093/jis/et1001, and Volume 17, No. 3, September 2006, pp. 295-325.
  • P. Weller, "Teaching Informed by Research: Creating and Sustaining Critical and Developmental Learning Communities", in Response: Responding to Learning Needs Arising From Diversity, Issue 1, 1.12.2006. 
    Electronic publication only athttp://www2.derby.ac.uk/response/6d.asp?aid=10.
  • P. Weller"Rendering Unto Caesar? Ethical and Methodological Issues in Working for the Government on Researching Religion", in Diskus: The Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religion, Volume 8. Electronic Publication only athttp://www.basr.ac.uk/diskus/diskus8/weller.htm

Research Reports

  • P. Weller and A. Andrews, Sue Jeffels, Adham Khan), Places of Worship as Settings for Health Promotion Pilot Research and Development Project in The City Challenge Area of Derby, September 1995.
  • P. Weller and A. Andrews, Religions and Statistics Research Project: Report of a Pilot Phase (March 1994-March 1995), January 1996.
  • P. Weller and M. Wolfe, Involving Religions: A Project Report on Religious Group Participation, Interfaith Infrastructure and Capacity-Building in Derby, for Derbyshire Community Foundation/Derby City Partnership, School of Education, Health and Sciences, University of Derby, Derby, 2004.
  • P. Weller and M. Wolfe., Involving Religions: An Executive Summary of a Project Report on Religious Group Participation, Interfaith Infrastructure and Capacity-Building in Derby, for Derbyshire Community Foundation/Derby City Partnership, School of Education, Health and Sciences, University of Derby, Derby, 2004.

Recent conferences

  • P. Weller, "The State and Religious Marriages in European and North American Societies: Examples, Comparisons, Typologies and Implications", at the 5th International Conference of the Société, Droit et Religions de L'Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) on The State and Religious Marriages, at the Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, 12 -13 February 2009.
  • P. Weller, "A Mirror for Our Times: 'The Rushdie Affair' and the Future of Multiculturalism" on the Occasion of the Launch of P. Weller, A Mirror for Our Times: 'The Rushdie Affair' and the Future of Multiculturalism at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, Derby 4 March 2009.
  • P. Weller, "A Mirror for Our Times: 'The Rushdie Affair' and the Future of Multiculturalism" on the Occasion of the Launch of P. Weller, A Mirror for Our Times: 'The Rushdie Affair' and the Future of Multiculturalism at the Dialogue Society, London, 12 March 2009.
  • P. Weller, Discussant of Papers by Maleiha Malik on "Managing Equality Conflicts" and Gurharpal Singh on "British Sikhs and Religious Discrimination: Some Issues for Discussion" at the Seminar on Religion and Belief of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, The Thistle Hotel, London, 24 March 2009.
  • P. Weller, "Religion in Higher Education and Higher Education in Religion" at The Regent's Park College Gaudy Weekend and the University of Oxford Alumni Weekend on Meeting Minds: An Equal Citizenship at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, Oxford, 27 September 2009.
  • P. Weller, "Response to Dr. Adam Dinham, Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London "at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby Inter-Faith Week Conference on Building a Society for the Future: Bridges and Bonds in the East Midlands at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, Derby, 16 November, 2009.
  • P. Weller, "Inter-Faith Developments: Patterns of Engagement and Emerging Issues" at the North East Regional Faiths Network Conference on Opening Doors in the North East at the Central Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 17 November, 2009.
  • P. Weller, "The Clash of Civilizations Thesis and Religious Responses", at the Christian Muslim Inter-Faith Event on Towards the Harmony of Civilisations and Cultures: The City and the World at the Annandale Street Mosque/Community Centre, Edinburgh, 23 January, 2010.
  • P. Weller, "Religion and Belief: Review of a Decade. Main Arguments, Salient Evidence, Key Cases; Emergent Issues" at the Launch of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report 48 on 'Religion or Belief': Identifying Issues and Priorities by Linda Woodhead, with Rebecca Catto, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Arndale Centre, Manchester, 1 February, 2010.
  • P. Weller, "Religion and Politics: Chalk and Cheese, Hotpot or Smoothie? An Overview of the Territory(ies)" at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby Seminar Series on Religion and Politics, 24 February 2010.
  • P. Weller, "Religion, Belief, Discrimination and Human Rights in a Decade of Change (2000-2010)" in the Spring Seminar Series of the Society, Religion and Belief Research Group of the University of Derby at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, Derby, 16 February 2010.
  • P. Weller, "What Evidence and on Whose Terms? Researching Religion and Evidence-Based Policy-Making" at the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council Religion and Society Programme and NORFACE: Re-emergence of Religion as a Social Force in Europe Joint Seminar on Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion at Dexter House, The Royal Mint, London, 29-30 March, 2010.
  • P. Weller, "Human Rights: From International Clarion Calls to Local Implementation" at the Launch of the Derbyshire Equality and Human Rights Partnership at the Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Derby, 31 March, 2010.
  • P. Weller, "How Do we Develop Multi-Faith Provision and Best Practice at the University of Oxford", at the University of Oxford Multi-Faith Conference: Exploration, Understanding and Worship at the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre and Seminar Rooms, St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, 21 April, 2010. 
  • P. Weller, "Religion and Terror: Government Initiatives, Critiques and Alternatives", at the Dialogue Forum Nodsjaellands and Farum Kulturhus and Immigrantsmuseet Panel on Radicalisation as a Threat to Democracy and Society: Gulen movement as a Preventative Model, Farum Arts Centre, Farum, Denmark, 22 April, 2010.
  • P. Weller, "Religion and Belief: Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales, 2000-2010: Theory, Policy and Practice", at the Arts and Humanities Research Council/ Economic and Social Research Council Religion and Society Phase III Launch Conference at the University of Lancaster, 11 - 13 May, 2010.
  • P. Weller, "The Clash of Civilizations Thesis and Religious Responses", at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture Project on Religion and Public Policy International Symposium on Religion and International Relations: Transatlantic Perspectives at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, Oxford 27 - 30 May.
  • P. Weller, "Response to Dr. Larry Yarbrough on 'Religion, Fundamentalism and the Modern World' " at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture Project on Religion and Public Policy International Symposium on Religion and International Relations: Transatlantic Perspectives at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, Oxford 27 - 30 May, 2010.

Additional interests and activities

Research and Consultancy Grants and Projects

£13,698 Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom-Multi-Faith Directory Research Project Phase I [includes £3,000 from the Commission for Racial Equality channelled through the Network as part of its overall grant] 1990-3

£11,566 Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom-Multi-Faith Directory Research Project Phase II, 1994-6.

£500 Barrow and Geraldine S Cadbury Trust - Towards the publication costs of a volume of essays based on the Centre's seminar on Statistics and UK, 1994.

£918 Derby PRIDE Ltd. towards the Centre's Pilot Research and Development Project on Places of Worship as Settings for Health Promotion, 1995

£500 Community Health UK towards the Centre's Pilot Research and Development Project on Places of Worship as Settings for Health Promotion, 1995

£15,000 Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom-Multi-Faith Directory Research Project Phase III (1998-2001)
(with Ahmed Andrews) £10,000 Demographic Project for BBC Radio Sheffield,1998-89.

with Marie Parker-Jenkins, Ahmed Andrews and Anna Doswell), £125,399 for Home Office funded project on Religious Discrimination in England and Wales, 1999-01

£11,000 Community Empowerment Fund, Research and Development Project on Religious Group Participation, Inter-Faith Infrastructure and Capacity-Building in Derby, 2003-04

£2,000 Derby Council for Social Responsibility, Religious and Faith-Based Organisations Database Research Project, 2003

£500 Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby consultancy 'sub-contracted' from Community Empowerment Fund, to contribute to the "Involving Religions" project to establish a Forum of Faiths for Derby, 2004

£1,750 Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby consultancy 'sub-contracted'from the British Council for review and updating of the 'religion' section of the British Council website, 2004-5

(with Christine Garner) £19,000 Culture East Midlands research project on Culture and Wellbeing, 2004-5

(with Daphne Beale), £5,300 Engage East Midlands and Government Office East Midlands Research Project on Multi-Faith Infrastructure Support: An Investigation Into Activity and Needs in the East Midlands, 2004-5

(with the 'Mercia Group' of researchers including Jim Beckford and David Owen [University of Warwick], Ceri Peach [University of Oxford] and Richard Gale [University of Birmingham].£5,200 (as part of £28,930 overall project) Office for the Deputy Prime Minister research project on Review of the Evidence Base on Faith Communities in relation to ODPM policy, 2005

£3,000 for editorial consultancy to the places of worship and religious organisations content of Office for National Statistics' Neighbourhood Services website as part of an overall c. £50,000 project by the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, funded by the Home Office, 2005

6,000 Euros for research and consultancy contribution as part of European Union Grundvig Adult Education programme involving several European Organisations, co-ordinated by the Centre European Juif d'Information, to produce a training module on religious diversity and discrimination for NGOs in Europe, 2005-7

£2,000 editorial consultancy for the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, for editorial co-ordination of the 2007 edition of Religions in the UK: A Directory, 2006-07.

£29,824 (with Tristram Hooley and Nicki Moore from iCeGS, together with other colleagues from iCeGS and the Society, Religion and Belief Research Group) for a research project contract with the Equality Challenge Unit on "Religion and Belief in Higher Education: Researching the Experiences of Staff and Students, 2009-10

£358,727 as Principal Investigator, with Dr. Nazila Ghanea of the University of Oxford and Dr. Kingsley Purdam of the University of Manchester as co-investigators) for a Religion and Society research programme research project on "Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales, 2000-2010: Theory, Policy and Practice", 2010-12

£49,106 AHRC studentship (2010-2012) associated with the "Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales, 2000-2010: Theory, Policy and Practice" on "Religious Freedom and Sexual Orientation: Compatability, Contestation and Convergence: The Case of Church-Related Adoption Agencies", 2010-12

4,000 Euros for expert consultancy (2010-2012) to the development of the Belieforama Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Community of Practice (European consortium project).

In the media

I regularly do interviews on the BBC Radio Derby Sunday breakfast programme on a range of topics related to religion. I have have also broadcast on national radio in the UK, in both extended interviews and programmes, as well as in news bulletins, as well as on national radio in Sweden and local radio in the USA. I have been interviewed for both regional and national television in the UK, as well as for satellite broadcast stations broadcasting to the Arab world. I have given interviews for DVD media and regularly speak with local and national newspaper reporters.

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