Category Archives: Reports

Reports published: Modest Fashion in UK Women’s Working Life

Announcing the publication of two new reports:

Modest Fashion in UK Women’s Working Life: A report for fashion and the creative industries and creative arts education, by Reina Lewis, Kristin Aune & Lina Molokotos-Liederman

Modest Fashion in UK Women’s Working Life: A report for employers, HR professionals, religious organisations, and policymakers, by Kristin Aune, Reina Lewis & Lina Molokotos-Liederman

You can read the research report and watch a film of the Parliamentary Roundtable at which they were launched here:  

Free to download, the two reports reveal findings from 65 interviews with women working in faith-based organisations in the UK, with women travelling to Saudi Arabia for work, and with fashion and HR professionals and mediators working in the UK and the Gulf. They offer insights into a rarely focused on sector of women’s experience of fashion at work and provide recommendations for fashion and the creative industries as well as employers, HR and diversity practitioners, religious organisations and policymakers. The reports were published as part of the project Modest Fashion in UK Women’s Working Life, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and conducted at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London) and the Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations (Coventry University).

The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) “Religion IV” is now freely available

The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) has conducted annual cross-national surveys since 1985. One of its reoccurring topics has been on religion and religious change. The ISSP Religion study was first conducted in 1991. It was fielded in 18 countries which collected 24,970 cases. Religion II was fielded in 1998 by 32 countries with 39,034 cases. Religion III in 2008 covered 46 countries, including four non-ISSP members with funds from the Templeton Foundation (Indonesia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania) with a total of 66,683 cases. Religion IV in 2018 was carried out in 48 countries, including 15 extra countries with funds from the Templeton Religion Trust (Algeria, Cambodia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Vietnam) with a total of 68,186 cases.

Along with the earlier rounds Religion IV is now freely available from the GESIS archive in Cologne as indicated below:

Data access including download in SPSS or Stata format, is offered online via GESIS Search at:

Overview information on this release can be found at the respective “module page” at:

Together with the international ISSP 2018 data set comes the data of “A cross-national and comparative study of religion” in additional 14 countries based on the ISSP questionnaire. The project was chaired by NORC and the data is offered in SPSS or Stata format online via GESIS Search at:

To facilitate the linkage of these data with the international ISSP data set, we are providing match syntax files in SPSS and Stata.

Overview information on the project can be found at:

Research Report Launch: AHRC Re/presenting Narratives of Islam on Campus

The report from the AHRC funded ‘Re/presenting Narratives of Islam on Campus’ research has been released.

This was a collaboration between Professor Alison Scott-Baumann (Principal Investigator) and Dr Aisha Phoenix (SOAS University of London), Professor Mathew Guest (Durham), Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster) and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor at Coventry University.

This AHRC-funded research project provides the first nationwide picture of how Islam is experienced, perceived and interacted with on university campuses in the UK. It shows how the UK Government’s counterterrorism Prevent strategy has reinforced negative stereotypes of Muslims and has encouraged ‘a culture of mutual suspicion and surveillance’ on university campuses.

Based on findings from a national survey of 2,022 students across 132 UK universities and interviews and focus groups conducted with 253 staff and students at six higher education institutions, it recommends that universities take an active role in building peaceful relations on campus and beyond.

This can be achieved through active challenge of prejudice and empowering Muslim and all marginal voices. As discussed in our forthcoming book, suspicion and negative stereotypes need to be replaced with shared, equal and just understandings of who we all are.

To read the full report visit:

APPG on Religion in the Media – Call for evidence: Inquiry into religious literacy in print and broadcast media

Submit your response by Friday 24 April, 23:59.

Scope of Inquiry:

The APPG recognises that religion continues to play a crucial role in public life. Traditional religious adherence is declining in the UK and new forms of spirituality are becoming increasingly prominent. The APPG believes that it is essential that the media provides a balanced portrayal of faith groups and an accurate reflection of the diversity of religious belief and practice in the UK. While journalists must be free to report accurately on matters relating to faith without fear or censure, the APPG emphasises that where nuanced representations of faith groups can promote mutual understanding and social harmony, reductive, distorted or misleading depictions can provoke or aggravate social tensions.

Religious literacy can play a key role in ensuring religion and belief receives balanced coverage in all forms of media. However, while it is widely agreed that religious literacy involves both a level of competence and knowledge when discussing specific religious matters and a wider sensitivity to the nuances of faith and the complicated ways in which belief systems relate to society more generally, the term itself is contested. The APPG is undertaking this inquiry to examine how different groups, such as faith communities and media professionals, understand religious literacy and what steps can be taken to cultivate a media environment which is religiously literate.

This is particularly important because the media landscape is rapidly changing and there are many factors which influence religious literacy. This inquiry will focus specifically on print and broadcast media and aim to explore good practice and learn about potential areas for improvement and change. The inquiry aims to improve policymakers understanding of:

  • How different groups understand the phrase ‘religious literacy’, with particular reference to the media
  • What role higher education plays in fostering religious literacy which continues to improve through a journalist’s career (eg through CPD programmes)
  • How public policy decisions and initiatives by media organisations have affected religious literacy
  • What steps (either by central government, universities, the BBC, media organisations – publishers and broadcasters, regulators such as OFCOM and IPSO, or other agencies) could improve religious literacy in print and broadcast media.       

Terms of reference

The APPG invites responses to answer any or all of the following questions:

  1. What do you understand by the term ‘religious literacy’?
  2. What effect does a lack of religious literacy have on broadcast and/or print media?
  3. When, where and how is religious literacy learnt?
  4. What effect does religious illiteracy have on decisions journalists make when assigning, researching, and reporting news stories?
  5. What methods can be used by journalists to engage with faith groups sensitively? Please illustrate your answers where possible.
  6. What steps should be taken to better equip journalists when engaging with issues relating to faith?
  7.  Over the last decade, has religious literacy in the media improved, remained the same or deteriorated? If it has changed for the better or worse, please explain how?
  8. What steps can a) universities, b) journalists, c) publishers, d) broadcasters and e) regulators take to improve religious literacy in media?
  9. What public policy changes could improve religious literacy in the media?     

When submitting a response, please ensure:

  • You specify which of the questions above you are addressing;
  • You make clear whether you are referring to print media and/or broadcasting. If your answers relate to a particular organisation or publisher (e.g. OFCOM), please specify;
  • Your submission is no more than 3,000 words in length;
  • You state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether you are writing in a personal capacity or on behalf of an organisation;
  • You include a brief description of yourself/ organisation you are writing on behalf of;
  • You state clearly if you wish for your submission to be confidential. If this is not indicated, the APPG reserves the right to make explicit reference to your submission in its report and online;
  • You email your submission in Word or Pdf format to;
  • You submit your response by Friday 24 April, 23:59.

Useful links to Pew Research Center reports and data

Conrad Hackett, Senior Demographer & Associate Director, Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center has a wealth of data about religion around the world. It can be hard to keep track of all our products, even for those of us who work at the Center. Here is an incomplete list of links to reports, quizzes and data resources that may be of interest for research and teaching purposes:

Survey reports on religion in: Western Europe Central and Eastern Europe Sub-Saharan Africa Latin America Israel Muslim majority countries (religion report) Muslim majority countries (politics report) Orthodox Christians

Religious demography reports on: The Future of World Religions The Changing Global Religious Landscape The Gender Gap in Religious Commitment The Age & Geography Gap in Religious Commitment Religion and Educational Attainment The Growth of the Muslim Population in Europe Global migrant stocks by religion Religious diversity

Religious restrictions Latest annual report

US religion reports Religious Landscape Study Religious Typology Jews Muslims Mormons Catholics Knowledge Feelings toward religious groups

Quizzes Religious knowledge Typology

Useful data Download our datasets Current and projected religious composition of each country Religion and education data Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures site

Call for Comments: IPSP report on "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century"

The International Panel on Social Progress invites comments on its first draft until the end of Dec. 2016

Browse the report on

The first draft of the report of the International Panel of Social Progress (IPSP), “Rethinking Society for the 21st Century”, is out now! We welcome comments on the online platform

This report is a product of a global initiative. It is the first comprehensive synthesis of state-of-the-art social sciences knowledge about key issues facing humankind today, and the first collaborative and participatory initiative of its kind. 

Key features include:

  • Written by more than 250 leading academics from all around the world 
  • Takes a holistic approach to social progress: not only the economy, but health, education, gender relations, political participation
  • Focuses on the consequences of globalization and inequality, with a normative focus on the pursuit of justice broadly understood
  • Identifies scholarly consensus as well as disagreements
  • Each chapter concludes with advice to change-makers

The first international collaborative document of its kind, the report highlights the direct relevance of scholarly knowledge to social and political change, and is eventually to be published by Cambridge University Press.

In the meantime, it is open to wide public discussion. We invite comments from all concerned citizens – including, but not exclusively, NGOs, think tanks, and social entrepreneurs. Comments entered on the online platform before the end of 2016 will feed the final version of the report. Please comment, circulate and advertise widely!

Calling All Scholars of Religion: A (Free) Invitation to Comment on a Paper Summarizing the Role of Religion in the Contemporary World

Dear RC22 Colleagues (and others who are on this mailing list)

We need your help commenting on a paper, which we — Grace Davie (University of Exeter, UK) and Nancy Ammerman (Boston University, US), and a team of twelve have prepared for the International Panel on Social Progress.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). You can find more about the IPSP and its ways of working here:  You will see that it exists to:

  • “harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues” and to
  • “deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change”.

We and our team have written the chapter on religion, entitled ‘Religions and social progress: Critical assessments and creative partnerships’.  

Here is our Abstract:

  • This chapter starts from the premise that some 80 percent of the world’s population affirms some kind of religious identification, a proportion that is growing rather than declining. Emphasizing the significance of belief and practice in everyday lives and local contexts, we analyze the impact of religion and its relevance to social progress in a wide variety of fields. These include the family, gender and sexuality; differences and diversity; democratic governance; violence and peace-making; health and economic well-being; and care for the earth.
  • We argue that researchers and policy makers pursuing social progress will benefit from careful attention to the power of religious ideas to motivate, of religious practices to shape ways of life, of religious communities to mobilize and extend the reach of social change, and of religious leaders and symbols to legitimate calls to action. All of that, however, can be put to either good or ill, for which reason assessment of particular religions in specific contexts is essential.

Running through the chapter are five interconnected themes:

  1. the persistence of religion in the twenty-first century;
  2. the importance of context in discerning outcomes;
  3. the need for cultural competence relative to religion;
  4. the significance of religion in initiating change;
  5. and the benefits of well-judged partnerships.

The continuing need for critical but appreciative assessment and the demonstrable benefits of creative partnerships are our standout findings.

The IPSP process – see – mirrors that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and includes a period of public comment in the autumn of 2016.  The ‘Commenting Platform’ is now open – see

It would be hugely helpful if members of RC22 could take part in this.

The IPSP website will indicate how you access our chapter and how you make your comments.  Or if you prefer you can simply send us (; an e-mail.

More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church

Religions News Service
More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church
Cathy Lynn Grossman | Jun 1, 2015

A new report issued Monday (June 1) mapping the Catholic Church of more than 1.2 billion souls – on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 – holds some surprises.  And not all bode well for the church’s future as it faces major demographic and social shifts.

“Global Catholicism Trends & Forecasts,” created by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, looks at seven regions of the world, wrapping the United States, Mexico and Canada in with Central and South America as simply the Americas. The focus is on “the three most important indicators of ‘vitality’ for the Catholic Church… the number of Catholics, the number of parishes, and the number of priests.”

– See more at: