Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

Colleges, School and Institutes

External positions

, Muslims in Britain Research Network

1 Apr 2017 → …

Qualifications

  • PhD, Sociology, University of London
  • MRes, Social Research, University of London
  • MGeog (Arts), University of Leeds

Biography

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

Fundamentally, I am interested in the formation and public negotiation of religious and non-religious moral convictions. I have a specific interest in the negotiation of the Islamic tradition in secular contexts, including debates about Islam and multiculturalism, secularism, liberalism and rationalism. In recent years my research has focused on public interactions between science and (non-)religion, both in the UK and, more recently, internationally.

I have a background in sociology and have worked on a wide range of social research projects, most looking at different aspects of religion and public policy. These include: ‘Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education’ (HEFCE, 2009–2011); ‘Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance’ (ESRC/AHRC, 2010–2012); ‘Public Spirit’ (AHRC, 2012–2013); ‘Public Faith and Financial Services Industry’ (Barrow Cadbury Trust, 2014–2015); and ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum’ (TRT, 2014–2017). I am presently Co-Investigator on a major 6 country multi-disciplinary study, ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum Global Perspectives’ (TRT, 2018–2012), and will begin work as Primary Investigator on a new British Academy-funded research project, ‘The Nature of Contemporary Islamophobia’, in spring 2020.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Social Science, Goldsmiths, University of London

    PhD, Sociology

    1 Oct 2006 - 17 Dec 2010
  • Master of Social Science, Goldsmiths, University of London

    MRes, Social Research

    1 Oct 2005 - 30 Sep 2006
  • Master of Geography, University of Leeds

    MGeog (Arts)

    1 Oct 2000 - 30 Sep 2004

Willingness to take PhD students

Yes

PhD projects

Islam in the West, sociology of religion, religion and public policy, religion and politics, liberalism and religion, science and belief