Linda Woodhead MBE is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, where she is Director of the Institute of Social Futures. She is known especially for her surveys and fieldwork on the decline of the churches in the West. In 2007-2013 she directed the £12m government-funded Religion and Society research programme. She has written a major report for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and she co-founded the Westminster Faith Debates with the former Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
According a recent YouGov survey conducted by Professor Woodhead's team at Lancaster University, a majority of white British people now identify as having "no religion". And the number of young people among the "nones" is rising with each generation. In her lecture at Leeds Trinity University, she will discuss the reasons for these trends and ask what their implications are for the future of Britain's churches.