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Project Team

Mathew Guest is Principal Investigator to the CUE Project. He is a sociologist of religion who has conducted research into evangelical and charismatic Christianity in the UK, the transmission of Christian values in clergy families, and the changing nature of Christian communities. His main interest is in understanding how Christianity changes and adapts to its cultural environment, especially in advanced western societies. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. (http://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/staff/profile/?id=2011)
Email: m.j.guest@durham.ac.uk

 

Kristin Aune is a Co-Investigator on the CUE Project. She is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Derby. Most of her research has focused on contemporary Christianity, gender, feminism and youth. She is particularly interested in how women negotiate faith and spirituality in contemporary society. Her most recent book is entitled Reclaiming the F Word (Zed Books, 2010) co-authored with Catherine Redfern. She also co-edited with Giselle Vincett and Sonya Sharma Women and Religion in the West (Ashgate, 2008). (http://www.derby.ac.uk/staff-search/dr-kristin-aune)
Email: k.aune@derby.ac.uk

 

Rob Warner is a Co-Investigator on the CUE Project. He is Dean of Humanities at the University of Chester, and Professor of Religion, Culture and Society. He has previously been Head of Theology and Religious Studies at Chester and at University of Wales, Lampeter. His latest book, Secularization and its Discontents (Continuum, 2010), explores the dynamics of religious decline and resilience in Britain, Europe and globally. His previous monograph was a sociological and theological analysis of religious change entitled Reinventing English Evangelicalism (Paternoster, 2007). He lectures in the sociology of contemporary religion and supervises in practical theology and sociology of religion. (http://www.chester.ac.uk/about/university-management/smt/humanities)
Email: r.warner@chester.ac.uk  

Sonya Sharma is a Research Associate on the CUE Project based at Durham University. Her doctoral thesis was a qualitative exploration of Christian women’s sexual identities. Of key interest is how people’s identities are lived and negotiated at intersections of religion, gender, class, race, sexuality and culture. With Canadian colleagues she has also been researching religion and spirituality in healthcare contexts. She is author of Good Girls, Good Sex: Women Talk about Church and Sexuality (2011) and co-editor of Women and Religion in the West: Challenging Secularization (2008) with Kristin Aune and Giselle Vincett. (http://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/staff/profile/?id=8028)
Email: sonya.sharma@durham.ac.uk