Stephen Jones


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PhD projects

Islam in the West, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate, the governance of Islamic institutions, sociology of religion, religion and public policy, religion and politics, liberalism and religion, science and belief, science and Islam, STEMM and religious diversity


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Personal profile


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2019
  • PhD, Sociology, 2010 (University of London)
  • MRes, Social Research, 2006 (University of London)
  • MGeog (Arts), 2004 (University of Leeds)


I completed my doctorate in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and subsequently held positions at York St John University, the University of Bristol and Newman University and before joining the University of Birmingham as Lecturer in 2018.

Research interests

My research covers themes including equality and discrimination, governance and political participation, religion in public life and the public understanding of science. My core specialism is in the study of Muslims in the UK and their treatment by British society and the state, with my research in this area encompassing Islamic organisations and movements, governance and securitisation, and Islamophobia. 

I have a longstanding record of research management and leadership, and currently lead or co-lead four research projects at the University of Birmingham. I am Co-Principal Investigator on a major 6 country multi-disciplinary study, ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum Global Perspectives’ (TRT, 2018–2023) and Co-Principal Investigator on a project developing the International Research Network for the Social Study of Science and Religion (TRT, 2019-2024). I am also Principal Investigator on the project 'Science and the Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Britain’ (Rice University, 2020-2023) and on a British Academy-funded Small Grant project entitled ‘The Nature of Contemporary Islamophobia’ (2020-2022).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, PhD, Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

1 Oct 200617 Dec 2010

Award Date: 17 Dec 2010

Master of Social Science, MRes, Social Research, Goldsmiths, University of London

1 Oct 200530 Sept 2006

Award Date: 30 Sept 2006

Master of Geography, MGeog (Arts), University of Leeds

1 Oct 200030 Sept 2004

Award Date: 30 Sept 2004

External positions

Muslims in Britain Research Network

1 Apr 20171 May 2020


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