This research area engages with the ever growing relevance of religious values, faith identities, and political theologies in public debates and policy developments. These involve ethical issues that present challenges to individuals and societies around the globe. Examples of these challenges are: the exercise and limits of religious freedom in democratic societies; maintaining social justice at times of crisis; and protecting and sustaining human life at all stages of its existence in order to promote human flourishing. We investigate the role of faith and faith-based organisations and movements in providing narratives of the common good. We also study their role in the mechanisms of global governance and international relations.
- (Sara Silvestri)
- (John Loughlin)
- Migration and Catholic Social Teaching (Silvestri, Rowlands)
- (John Loughlin)
Professor John Loughlin
- 2014. "Religion and Politics in Europe", in José Magone (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Politics. Routledge, London.
- 2014. "The Theological and Secular Dimensions of the Modern State: historical and contemporary perspectives", in Ferran Requejo and Camil Ungureanu (eds), Secular or Post-secular Democracies in Europe? The Challenge of Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century, Routledge, London.
- 2013. Loughlin, J. Allott, P., Crellin, R., The UK Government's 'Big Society' Programme and Catholic Social Teaching, Matthew James Publishing.
- 2013. The Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism (ed. with J. Kincaid and W. Swenden), Routledge.
- 2012. Which Path to Religious Freedom? A Catholic Perspective on International Affairs. Research report commissioned by the Caritas in Veritate Foundation
Dr Sara Silvestri
- 2014 (forthcoming). Europe’s Muslim Women: Beyond the Burqa Controversy, London: Hurst.
- 2012. "Comparing burqa debates in Europe: sartorial styles, religious prescriptions and political ideologies", in Ferrari, S. and Pastorelli, S. (ed.), Religion in Public Spaces . Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
- 2012. "Institutionalizing British and Italian Islam: Attitudes and Policies", in Yilmaz, H. and Aykaç, E. (ed.), Perceptions of Islam in Europe. Tauris Academic Studies.
- 2012. "Social Cohesion and the Notion of 'Suspect Communities': a study of the experiences and impacts of being 'suspect' for Irish communities and Muslim communities in Britain" [co-authored with M.Hickman, L.Thomas, H.Nickels], Critical Terrorism Studies, 5: 1, Summer, pp.89-106.
- 2012. "De/Constructing 'Suspect' Communities: A Critical Discourse Analysis of British Newspaper Coverage of Irish and Muslim Communities, 1974-2007" [co-authored with H.Nickels, L.Thomas, M.Hickman], Journalism Studies, 13: 3, June.
- 2012. "Constructing 'Suspect' Communities and Britishness: Mapping British Press Coverage of Irish and Muslim Communities, 1974-2007" [co-authored with H.Nickels, L.Thomas, M.Hickman], European Journal of Communication, 27:2, June, pp. 135-151.
- Professor John Loughlin, panel on “Vers une fédération européenne: avec, contre ou sans Dieu?” 13 March 2014, ULB Brussel.
- Professor John Loughlin: Tuesday, 18th March 2014, Malta.
- Professor John Loughlin: opening lecture , Tuesday 11 March 2014 (Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch at the Université Libre de Bruxelles).
- Professor Mary McAleese: , Friday 28 February 2014, University of Cambridge.
- Dr Sara Silvestri: guest lecture on Muslim women in Europe at the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles on 12 February 2014.