Taking an intellectually rigorous and fresh approach, the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society is opening new areas of enquiry and engaging in research with practical applications to today’s world.

Research focus areas

To study the interaction of religion with major social structures, the Institute encompasses four main research streams: Law and Society, Social and Political Theory and Political Economy.


Law and Society

The ‘law and society’ perspective asks how social institutions, values and practices shape or determine the nature and operation of the law.

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Political Economy

This research stream will develop the study of citizenship, the changing economy, employment, the role of trade unions, and the changing nature of work.

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Social and Political Theory

Social and Political Theory

Social theory sets out to explain how the basic structures of society function.

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