The project is located in the School of Education at the University of Brighton, one of the UK’s largest providers of education and teacher training. In the 2021 QS World University Rankings, Brighton featured in the top 350 institutions for Education and Training. Our research generates knowledge that advances social justice and fosters critical understanding of education in diverse cultures and complex worlds. We help shape future directions in policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally. We carry out innovative and participatory research and enterprise projects involving children, young people, adults, and those who work with them.
Scholarly interest in unbelief is currently on the rise, reflected in recent research on atheist and non-religious identities, organisations, movements and politics. Yet, our knowledge about the substantive characteristics of unbelief and associated worldviews is still developing and limited attention has so far been paid to children and young people, despite growing numbers that report no religious affiliation. Social scientific work on ‘lived religion’ has highlighted the significance of everyday contexts and informal practices, relationships and values for the constitution and enactment of religious belief. The proposed project takes education – a significant site of social reproduction - as a central focus, to explore the role that secondary schools play in constructing unbelief, the school as a forum for the expression of unbelief, and the various implications for inclusion, (in)equality and interfaith relations.