Politics and Religion
Through this research, Politics, Philosophy and Religion is helping to
- Improve mutual understanding and relationships between state officials and religious groups
- Improve policies for promoting peace and security
- Improve public appreciation of the role of religion in public life
In this area staff work on
- The ideological and imaginary, including religious, dimensions of global insecurities and violent conflicts
- Security and peace-building
- Democracy, religion, capacity-building and development
- Religion and public life
- Diaspora, migration and borders
Issues on which we have worked include: the contribution that diaspora groups can make to peace; EU policy on unrecognised states; human rights issues relating to religion in Japan; the relation between religions and political violence; and new security technologies.
In this area many of our staff are linked with the Richardson Institute, which works with many governmental and non-governmental agencies that promote peace and conflict resolution.
Current and previous collaborators include:
- the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Security and Defence
- EU Institute for Security Studies
- the Foreign Policy Centre
- the EC Initiative for Peacebuilding
- the Ministry of Defence
- Human Rights Without Frontiers
- US Institute of Peace
- the Refugee Council
- the Royal United Services Industry (RUSI)
- Terrorism and Political Violence Association (TAPVA)
PPR is also home to Radicalisation Research, a platform for disseminating religion research to policymakers and non-HEI users.
Some PPR staff are linked to Security Lancaster, which works with many non-HEI organisations in security and protection.
Our staff are regularly consulted about peace and security related issues by government officials – these have included the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Department of Communities and Local Govt., the MOD Strategic Trends Unit, Public Safety Canada, and the House of Lords.