Grace Davie

Grace Davie is an emeritus professor in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Exeter.



Grace Davie has been engaged with the sociology of religion since the mid-1980s. She is particularly interested in patterns of religion in Europe and in new theoretical paradigms that are emerging in the field, including the idea of ‘multiple modernities’.

In 2000—01, Grace Davie was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor at the University of Uppsala, where she has since returned for several extended visits. She also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala in 2008.

She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion (2003) and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of the International Sociological Association (2002—06).

In addition, Grace Davie has held visiting appointments at two Parisian institutions: the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (1996) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1998 and 2003).

My analyses of religion in (mostly) European societies include careful attention to Chaplaincy. Hence my commitment to the Liberty, Legacy, Leadership conference, encouraged all the more by the geographical, disciplinary and confessional diversity of the delegates.

Grace Davie

Selected publications

  • Davie, G. (2017) Religion in Public Life: Levelling the Ground. London: Theos
  • Davie, G. (2015) Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox. Oxford: Blackwell
  • Davie G. (2012) 'A European perspective on religion and welfare: Contrasts and commonalities', Social Policy and Society, 11 (4), pp. 989-999
  • Davie G. (2012) 'Belief and unbelief: Two sides of a coin', Approaching Religion, 2 (1), pp. 3-7
  • Davie G. (2012) 'Thinking sociologically about religion: Implications for faith communities’, Review of Religious Research, 54 (3), pp. 273-289
  • Grace Davie and Lucian Leustean (eds) (2021): The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe (Oxford: OUP)

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