Dr Matthew Francis

Senior Research Associate

Professional Role

I am the Communications Director for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). As well as overseeing CREST’s engagement with the media and other interested audiences I also lead on translating our research for our stakeholders. This involves making sure that the content and style of research publications about security threats is intelligible and useful for non-academic users. I am based in the Psychology Department in Lancaster, but my background is in the history and sociology of religion. In particular my research focuses on the role non-negotiable religious and non-religious beliefs play in motivations to and justification of violent behaviour.

Students’ perspective: the role of mentor and supervisor
Francis, M. 06/2015 In: Modernities, memory, mutations. Farnham : Ashgate
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Religious literacy in policy and practice
Dinham, A., Francis, M. 18/03/2015 Bristol : Policy Press. 256 p. ISBN: 9781447316657.
Book

Religious literacy, radicalisation and extremism
Francis, M., van Eck Duymaer van Twist, A. 18/03/2015 In: Religious literacy in policy and practice. Bristol : Policy Press p. 257-270. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Why the “sacred” is a better resource than “religion” for understanding terrorism
Francis, M. 22/01/2015 In: Terrorism and Political Violence.
Journal article

“Return? It never left.”: exploring the "sacred" as a resource for bridging the gap between the religious and the secular
Francis, M., Knott, K., Kutz, C., Riss, H., Roy, O. 2015 In: Religious norms in the public sphere. Florence, Italy : European University Institute p. 48-57. 10 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

How do we prevent radicalisation?
Francis, M. 7/10/2014
Web publication/site

Return? It never left. Exploring the ‘sacred’ as a resource for bridging the gap between the religious and the secular (Workshop paper)
Francis, M., Knott, K. 2011
Other contribution

Un retour? Il n’est jamais parti... Envisager le « sacré » comme une ressource qui comble le fossé entre religion et sécularisation [Return? It never left. Exploring the ‘sacred’ as a resource for bridging the gap between the religious and the secular / translated by Romain Sèze]
Francis, M., Knott, K. 2011
Other

The Roots, Practices and Consequences of Terrorism: A Literature Review of Research in the Arts & Humanities, Final Report (for the Home Office)
Knott, K., McFadyen, A., McLoughlin, S., Francis, M. 2006 University of Leeds. 92 p.
Commissioned report

Leeds Pilot Faiths Consultation Exercise on Restorative Justice and the Rehabilitation of Young Male Ex-Offenders
Knott, K., Francis, M. 2004 Community Religions Project and Leeds Church Institute for the Home Office. 51 p.
Book