Department of Education

Linda Woodhead

Honorary Research Fellow

Linda Woodhead MBE is Distinguished Professor of Religion and Society at Lancaster University and a Director of the Institute of Social Futures at Lancaster University. She is a Research Associate of the Center for the Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2019-20).

Between 2007-12 she was director of the £12m national AHRC/ESRC ‘Religion and Society’ research programme. She is founder, with the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, of the Westminster Faith Debates. She is actively interested in the changing place of religion in schools, and in bringing reform to schools in England. She has recently completed research on the beliefs and values of post-millennials and on the rise of ‘no religion’ in Britain and the USA. Linda regularly appears on the media discussing religion, beliefs and values.

Publications

BOOKS

  • That Was the Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People (with Andrew Brown 2016)
  • A Sociology of Prayer (with Giuseppe Giordan, 2015)
  • Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (2nd revised edition 2014)
  • Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (with Nathal Dessing and Nadia Jeldtoft, 2013)
  • Religion and Change in Modern Britain (with Rebecca Catto, 2012)
  • A Sociology of Religious Emotions (with Ole Riis, 2010)
  • Religions in the Modern World (2009)
  • The Spiritual Revolution (with Paul Heelas, 2005)

RECENT ARTICLES

  • Religion and Brexit: Populism and the Church of England. Religion, State and Society 46(3), 2018
  • The Rise of ‘No Religion’: Towards an Explanation. Sociology of Religion 78(3), 2017
  • The Rise of ‘No Religion’ in Britain: the emergence of a new cultural majority. Journal of the British Academy, 4, 2016, 245–61.
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