Non religious belief



Programme leaders / Principle investigators


Steering committee


Programme leaders

Lois Lee | Leader

Lois is co-director of UCL SSS, and was Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies between 2015 and 2016. She is founding director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) and co-editor of Secularism and Nonreligion and of the De Gruyters-NSRN book series, Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity. 

For more information on Lois’s work, visit her University of Kent webpage.


Stephen Bullivant | Co-leader

Stephen is a Visiting Fellow at UCL SSS at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics and Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary's University, Twickenham

Stephen is co-leader of the The Scientific Study of Nonreligious Belief (SSNB) project and of the Understanding Unbelief (UU) programme. 

For more information on Stephen's work, visit his UCL webpage.


Miguel Farias | Co-leader

Miguel leads the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group at Coventry University. He has previously been a lecturer at Oxford University where he also did his doctorate in experimental psychology. His major research interests are the psychobiological roots of beliefs and the effects of spiritual practices. 

For more information on Miguel's work, visit his Coventry webpage.


Jonathan Lanman | Co-leader

Jonathan is Assistant Director of the Institute of Cognition & Culture, and Lecturer in Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. His research aims to utilize the tools of both cognitive and social anthropology to examine religion, atheism, morality, and intergroup relations.

For more information on Jonathan's work, visit his Queen's webpage.



Dr Jonathan Jong Psychology, Coventry University


Steering committee

Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, Newman University

Dr Conrad Hackett, Pew

Professor Gordon Lynch, University of Kent 

Professor Emeritus Raymond Paloutzian, Westmont College