Staff profile

Professor Paul Weller

Emeritus Professor and Professor in the Centre for Social, Cultural and Legal Research

Paul Weller




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre, Better Society




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



My role is primarily concerned with the conduct of research, related research administration, and with supervision of doctoral research students and theses.

Teaching responsibilities

My present role means that I do very little classroom teaching, but I have considerable experience of successful supervision of doctoral students having, as either Director of Studies or Second Supervisor, supervised around twenty students to successful completion.


Professional interests

I am a Member of the Strategic Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council; a Reviewer for grants on religious and racial discrimination of the European Commission Directorate General Justice and Consumers; and a Reviewer for the European Union Research Agency.


Research interests

I have particular research interests and expertise in the relationships between religion or belief, state(s) and society(ies), with particular reference to the UK and the EU. This includes interests in the relationships between religions, race, ethnicity, and culture; religion and belief representation in the state and public life; religion and belief discrimination, freedom, human rights and equal opportunities; religion and belief statistics; the dynamics, ideologies and theologies of inter-faith/convictional relations, inter-faith/convictional dialogue; Baptist Christian theology and ecclesiology in relation to religion and belief plurality, freedom and equality; and the Fethullah Gűlen/Hizmet movement


Membership of professional bodies


Academic Qualifications

Professional Qualifications 

Recent conferences

During my academic career, locally, nationally and internationally, in total I have given around 150 keynote and invited papers; have presented around 40 other papers; and have made just over 100 invited presentation inputs and/or workshops on topics relating to my research expertise. These recently include in the UK at: The Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, University of Oxford; The Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford; Lichfield Cathedral; Broadway Baptist Church, Derby; the Dialogue Society, London; and internationally at the University of Berne, Switzerland; the University of Western Sydney, Australia; and the Religious Diversity Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.                


Experience in industry

Outside of the Academy, I have been employed as a Minister of Religion in a group of Baptist and United Reformed Churches in Manchester; as Community Relations Officer (with responsibilities for racial justice and inter-faith relations) for the Greater Manchester County Ecumenical Council; as Field Officer for the Community and Race Relations Unit of the (former) British Council of Churches; as Employment Officer for the London Churches' Employment Development Unit; and as Resources Officer for the Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom. I am also Director of my own company: Religion and Belief Research and Training Ltd.

International experience

I have considerable international experience overall several decades, beginning with work for the Christian Churches in East-West relations in the context of the Cold War. I am also part of a British-German family. I have worked in/spoken at conferences in Albania, Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, France, German Democratic Republic, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, People's Republic of China, People's Democratic Republic of North Korea, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. I am a Reviewer for grant applications to the European Commission's Directorate General for Justice and Consumers and for the European Commission Research Executive Agency.

Additional interests and activities

I am passionately committed to the place of the United Kingdom in Europe including working for an ultimate return of the UK to membership of the European Union.

In the media

I have frequently done 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.


Recent publications

Most Recent Authored Books

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Recent Research Reports


Professor Paul Weller discusses his new report into classroom challenges for teaching and addressing anti-Semitism.