Professor Linda Woodhead

Distinguished Professor

Research Overview

Religion, belief and values in modern societies. The decline of Christianity and the rise of new spiritualities, values and nonreligious commitments. I use a range of methods and approaches, both qualitative and quantitative.


  • The Rise of ‘No Religion’ in Britain: The Emergence of a New Cultural Majority” Journal of the British Academy, 2016: 245–61.
  • That Was the Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People (with Andrew Brown, 2016)
  • Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (revised edition 2014)
  • Religion and Change in Modern Britain (ed. with Rebecca Catto, 2012)
  • A Sociology of Religious Emotions (with Ole Riis, 2010)
  • The Spiritual Revolution (with Paul Heelas, 2005)


In 2020 I will deliver the Cadbury Lectures in Birmingham under the title: "Values are the New Religion: Britain’s post-Christian Culture". I will then expand these lectures into a book. This will bring together research carried out over many years, including several recent national surveys.

ISF: Understanding Nonreligion in a Complex Future
01/04/2019 → 31/03/2020

Religion and Society Programme: Continuing Public Engagement 2012 - 2015
01/01/2013 → 31/12/2015

Youth phase impact activities: Religion & Society
01/10/2009 → 30/06/2013

Extension: Religion & Society Programme Youth Call
01/01/2008 → …

Religion and Society Programme
01/01/2007 → 31/12/2012

FP6: VEIL Project
01/03/2006 → 28/02/2009

  • Institute for Social Futures - Leadership Team
  • ISF Directors