Professor Adam DinhamAdam Dinham

Stephenson Honorary Professor


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Professor Dinham is our Honorary Stephenson Professor and is working with us, as a co-director, of the Leadership, Religion and Society project and programme.

Professor Dinham is Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a leader in interdisciplinary religion and society work, focusing on faith communities and civil society in policy and practice. With degrees in Theology and Religious Studies, Applied Social Studies and Social Work, and Politics, his work focuses on religion through the lens of community engagement, social policy, professional practice and publics. Central themes include religious literacy in the public sphere, the role of faith-based organisations in the mixed economy of welfare, and theories and practices of faith based social action.

He is also Chair of the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group (Socrel), Professor of Religious Literacy, Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway and Honorary Stephenson Professor of Leadership, Religion & Society, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, Sheffield University, UK. Professor Dinham is the author of RE for REal: The future of teaching and learning about religion and belief (with Martha Shaw) and Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice (with Matthew Francis). He directed the Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education Programme and is founding co-director of the Religious Literacy Partnership, a training foundation for religious literacy in workplaces.


Professor Dinham is director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit; a centre for excellence in the development of policy, practice and research in the area of faiths and civil society. The Unit draws together policy makers, practitioners and researchers from a range of faiths, sectors and disciplines to conduct programmes of work to address practical and conceptual questions arising in the context of a strong policy agenda for faiths in the public realm in the UK and elsewhere. Areas of research include social action & communities, participatory governance, and community cohesion and prevention of extremism.