Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief

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Launch of a report examining the role of faith and belief in cohesive societies from the British Academy and the Faith and Belief Forum

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Registration closes 11am Tuesday 21 July

Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief

The British Academy and Faith & Belief Forum invite you to the launch of 'Cohesive Societies: Faith and Belief', a new report which charts social cohesion policy in the UK as it relates to faith and belief, and examines the practical impact of the faith and belief sector on communities through a series of case studies.

The report has been externally commissioned, and was authored by Dr Madeleine Pennington, Head of Research at Theos. Madeleine will present the key findings of the report. Following this, a panel of experts will provide brief contributions, before a Q&A session with Madeleine and the panel. The event will be chaired by Professor Dominic Abrams, Professor of Social Psychlogy, and Director, Centre for the Study of Group Processes, University of Kent and Fellow of the British Academy.


  • Professor Tariq Modood FBA - Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy, and Director, Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol; Fellow of the British Academy
  • Phil Champain - Director, The Faith & Belief Forum
  • Dr Emanuelle Degli Esposti - Research Associate, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge; British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for her project entitled 'Beyond 'Sectarianism?''
  • Jeremy Rodell - Dialogue Officer, Humanists UK
  • Rev Nims Obunge MBE - CEO, The Peace Alliance; Leader, Freedom's Ark Church; Independent London Mayoral Candidate 2020

When? Tuesday 21 July, 3.00-4.30pm

Where? Zoom (a link will be sent to confirmed participants)

Confirmed participants will receive an embargoed copy of the report in advance of the event.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Anna Bradshaw,

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The report contibutes to the British Academy's programme of work on Cohesive Societies, which explores how societies can remain cohesive in the face of rapid political, social, economic and technological change.

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The British Academy is the voice of the humanities and social sciences. The Academy is an independent fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers; a funding body for research, nationally and internationally; and a forum for debate and engagement.

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The Faith & Belief Forum has worked for over 20 years to build good relations between people of all faiths and beliefs, and to create a society where difference is celebrated. The organisation creates spaces in schools, universities, workplaces, and the wider community where people can engage with questions of belief and identity and meet people different from themselves.

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