Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

Colleges, School and Institutes

External positions

, Muslims in Britain Research Network

1 Apr 20171 May 2020


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2020
  • 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

Fundamentally, I am interested in the formation and public negotiation of religious and non-religious moral convictions. I have two areas of expertise linked to this core interest. One is in the negotiation of the Islamic tradition in Western contexts, including debates about Islam and multiculturalism, secularism, liberalism and rationalism. The other is in religious and non-religious publics’ perceptions of science, and how these perceptions impact upon diversity and inclusion in STEMM disciplines and institutions, as well as in wider society.

I have a background in sociology and have worked on a wide range of social research projects, most associated with one or the other of these two specialisms. 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, 2018–2022) and Co-Primary Investigator on a new project developing the International Research Network for the Social Study of Science and Religion (TRT, 2019-2022). I am also Primary Investigator on the project 'Science and the Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Britain’ (Rice University, 2020-2023) and a British Academy-funded Small Grant project entitled ‘The Nature of Contemporary Islamophobia’ (2020-2022).

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


PhD projects

Islam in the West, 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