Principal Investigator

Project Director, University of Birmingham

Keywords: History and philosophy of evolution; Darwin; inheritance; science communication; public perceptions of science

I am transdisciplinary researcher whose work is predominantly philosophical, historical, sociological and psychological in approach. My research focuses on: public perceptions of the relationship between science and religion; the perception and communication of science in pluralistic societies; the role of ‘science’, non-religion and/or beliefs as identity markers, in public space ‘conflict narratives’, or prejudice formation; and the perceptions of evolutionary theory within religious, non-religious and spiritual groups; and theories of inheritance from 1800 to the present.

I am also the Principal Investigator on the ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum of Global Perspectives’ project, and manage our work with partners in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Sri Lanka, the UK and the US. Previously I was Principal Investigator on the ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum’ project. I am also the Director/Principal Investigator of two further projects within the Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society Research Group at the University of Birmingham: the ‘International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society’; and ‘New Perspectives on Evolutionary Science and Belief in Society’.