Shaping debate on religion in public life.

Networks and Partnerships


The William Temple Foundation is connected to an increasing number of networks and partnerships. Our approach seeks to bring together faith-based organisations, academics, clergy, community activists, public policy makers and secular groups to create spaces for discussion and deep-thinking on the role of religion in public life. In this way we spark and share ideas which inform both our own, and our partners’ research. Through these networks and partnerships we offer teaching, training and conferences, and supervision of doctoral research.

If you would like to suggest a partnership opportunity or to add the William Temple Foundation to your network, we’d be happy to discuss this with you.

Guest blogging

We’re often invited to provide content and comment for a variety of blogs and website. Recent examples include:

Public Spirit – Spiritual Capital and Progressive Localism

God and Politics – Can local religion revive local communities?

Together for the Common Good – The Common Good: Who and what is it for?

Church Action on Poverty – Benefit Sanctions: Ineffective and Immoral

The Christian Muslim Forum – Faith in Finance Debate

The John Ray Initiative – Community, what community?

Huffington Post – Interfaith Friendship is the Boldest Way to Defy Extremists


The Faiths & Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London is a centre of excellence linking research, policy and practice in the field of faith-based social action.

Crucible Journal is the Christian journal of social ethics, published by SCM Press. It is co-sponsored by the William Temple Foundation and edited by the Foundation’s Associate Research Fellows John Atherton and John Reader.

The Philosophy and Religious Practices Research Network is an AHRC funded network of academics which aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners.

Faith in Work is a major academic research project exploring the role of beliefs, mission, and worldview in the workplace across twelve different walks of life.

The Religious Futures Network ran between 2008 – 2010 and was an interdisciplinary network which sought to engage in the growing dialogue between religion and economics.


Organisations we have worked with:

Spaces of Hope

Sarum College

Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton

Church Urban Fund

The Joint Public Issues Team

St Paul’s Institute

Diocese of London – Stepney Area Training Department

Church of England – Board of Mission and Public Affairs

Talk for a Change

The Message Trust

Eden Network

Gladstone’s Library

Ripon College, Cuddesdon

Diocese of Oxford – Board of Mission and Ministry

Diocese of Manchester – Department of Discipleship and Ministry Training

Faith Action

Liverpool Hope

Balliol College

APPG on Faith and Society


Academics we have worked with include:

University of Chester
Professor David Clough, Professor Elaine Graham, Professor Rob Warner, Professor Peter Stokes – collaborators on Religion and Public life, Values, Belief and Attitudes in Business.

University of Worcester 

We worked closely with Professor Stephen Parker on an event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Malvern Conference, ‘Social Justice: building a fairer, more equal society’ in June 2016. Read a reflection on the event >>

University of Aberystwyth
Professor Mark Whitehead and Rachel Lilley – Negotiating Neuroliberalism (ESRC-Transforming Social Science) (Primary Investigator); conversation partners on spiritual capital and psychological capital as changers of human behaviour.

University of Oxford
Dr Jane Garnett and Dr Alana Harris – writing partners on postcolonial and postsecular cities.

University of Bath
Dr Rana Jawad – research and writing partner, former William Temple Foundation staff member.

University of Exeter
Professor Paul Cloke and Dr Andrew Williams – research and writing partners on religion/cities/welfare/postsecularism.

University of Coventry
Dr Rebecca Catto – conversation partner on the new atheism/sociology of religion.

Goldsmiths College, University of London
Professor Adam Dinham – research collaborator on religion and welfare/public policy.

University of Cardiff
MTh Programme in Chaplaincy Studies (external examiner) Dr Andrew Todd; Dr Richard Gale – geographies of religion, conversation partner and research colleague.

University of Chichester
Dr Graeme Smith – network collaborator on Religion and Public Life project.

University of Birmingham
Professor Stephen Pattison – Religion and Public Life collaborator; Dr Tina Hearn – member of William Temple Foundation Birmingham group

University of Durham
Dr Andrew Orton – Religion and Public Life Project collaborator – Methodism and youth work