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.

European Association for the Study of Religions Conference
Participation in conference

CREST Security Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

AHRC (External organisation)
Membership of committee

HM Government Office for Science (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Society for Terrorism Research Annual Conference
Participation in conference

Institute of Ideas - Debating Matters Competition
School Engagement

Engaging with Government
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future
Participation in conference

Symposium on the 'Sacred'
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Symposium on Religion and Security
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Imagination in Late Modernity
Participation in conference

Religion, Migration and Mutation
Participation in conference

Religion, media and diversity conference
Participation in conference

Contemporary religion in historical perspective: engaging outside academia
Participation in conference

Social relations and human security conference
Participation in conference

Methodological approaches to the study of religion
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Equality and Human Rights Commission
Business Engagement

What have we learned about radicalisation?
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

  • Security Lancaster
  • Security Lancaster (Security Futures)