Professor of Inter-Religious Relations and Senior Research Fellow and Head of Research and Commercial Development. 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". 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.
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).