Kristin Aune

Kristin Aune is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Coventry University.



Based at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations since 2014, Professor Aune has conducted pioneering research into gender, religion and feminism. 

Passionate about work which promotes gender equality and religious freedom, Professor Aune strives to contribute to social justice and bring about positive social change.

Professor Aune has published widely on religion, gender and higher education. Her books include Christianity and the University Experience (with Guest, Sharma & Warner, Bloomsbury 2013) and Religion and Higher Education in Europe and North America (ed. with Stevenson, Routledge 2017).

Recent projects include:

  • a major study of chaplains and faith advisors across all religion and belief groups in UK universities Chaplains on Campus: Understanding Chaplaincy in UK Universities (with Revd Dr Jeremy Law and Professor Mathew Guest)
  • Tackling Religion-based Hate Crime on the Multi-Faith Campus (Office for Students)
  • and studies of religious student groups and how students build relationships across differences of religion and worldviews. 

I’m excited by the opportunity to share findings from our new research study into the role and impact of university chaplains in the UK, so that our research evidence about the diverse ways chaplains contribute to their universities can shape the future leadership of higher education chaplaincy in the UK and internationally.

Kristin Aune

Selected publications

  • Aune, K. and Guest, M. (2019) 'Christian university students' attitudes to gender: Constructing Everyday Theologies in a Post-Feminist Climate', Religions, 10 (2) p. 133
  • Aune, K. and Holyoak, R. (2018) 'Navigating the third wave: Contemporary UK feminist activists and third-wave feminism', Feminist Theory, 19 (2), pp. 183-203
  • Aune, K., Lovheim, M., Giorgi, A., Toldy, T. and Utriainen, T. (2017) 'Introduction: Is secularism bad for women? La laïcité nuit-elle aux femmes?', Social Compass, 64 (4), pp. 449-480
  • Aune, K. (2015) 'Feminist Spirituality as Lived Religion: How UK Feminists Forge Religio-spiritual Lives', Gender and Society, 29 (1) pp. 122-145

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