Dr Philip Henry

Position: Director of the Multi-Faith Centre and Sociologist

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Subject area: Social Science

Research Centre: Centre for Society, Religion and Belief

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Philip is a sociologist with special interests in policy, politics and religion. He developed his training as a researcher at the University of Liverpool exploring Buddhist social movements, activism, and minority groups in the global landscape. These professional interests include: inter-faith dialogue, religion and society, cultural identity, social movements and crime, and deviance within society.

Philip can talk about radicalisation and counterterrorism, Roma and gypsy migration, community cohesion and development, religion and belief matters relating to policy, diversity and religious literacy/education and also inter-, intra- and multi-faith engagement.

Professional interests

Sociology of Religion (spiritual and pastoral health care), Symbolic Interactionism (identities in interaction),  Radicalisation and its contemporary impacts on security and global terroism, Interfaith Relations & Dialogue, social policy and marginal groups in society -including central and eastern European Roma migration.

Ethnographic Research -

Research interests

Religion and Society, Cultural identity, Social Movements, Crime and Deviance - including Radicalisation and contemporary social-psychological approaches to motivation and belonging. Sociology of Health and migration studies.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Institute of leadership and managemt


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) 1st class.Culture Religion and Belief with Creative Writing, University of Derby

Research qualifications

  • PhD on Buddhist Social Movements in the UK, University of Liverpool

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management

Recent publications



Henry, P. Buddhist Ecology and Managing Risk: Is the Risk Society a Social Reality inBuddhist Ecology and Critique of the Modern Society (Joint International Seminar), University of London, SOAS, and Dongguk University South Korea. Published papers under Centre of Buddhist Studies, SOAS: University of London.  (2005) pp. 60-86.

 Henry, P. (2006) The Sociological Implications for Contemporary Buddhism in the UK: Socially Engaged Buddhism, a Case Study. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Vol. 13, 2006.

Henry, P. (2015) 'Exploring interaction between young people of faith: tools for understanding', in Stanton, N. (ed) Youth Work and Faith: Debates Delights and Dilemmas, London: Russell House.

Henry, P & Williams, S. (2015) 'Positive Engagement Through Youth Work: Working Together with Roma Children and Young People in Derby, Supporting Their Wellbeing.' In Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Parents: An Interdisciplinary Journal. No. 40 - 41, June 2015.

Henry P.(2013) Adaptation and Developments in Western Buddhism: Socially Engaged Buddhism in the UK, London: Bloomsbury Academic

Henry, P. Erving Goffman: Interaction and Dialogue in Sleap, F. & O. Senar (eds) Dialogue Theories 2, London: Dialogue Society (forthcoming 2015).



Recent conferences

Inner Peace - World Peace: The Buddhist Contribution; at the Third International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak; May 7th - 10th 2006. United Nations Building Bangkok, Thailand; in conjunction with the Maha Chulalongkorn Raja Vidyalaya University, Bangkok.



In the media

Rgular contributor to media responses to radicalisation, migration, community cohesion and development matters of religion and belief

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