Our Research Advisory Board exists to offer guidance and support to the Centre, drawing on their distinct perspectives to shape our strategy and ongoing work. Members come together twice a year, and make themselves available to staff at other times. We strive to create a diverse Board, with a range of relevant experience, including expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, youth participation, and practical theology.
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Dr Peter Brierley
Dr Peter Brierley is an expert on religious statistics in the UK, having worked in and led the field for more than thirty years.
Peter spent 11 years working as a government statistician and was the first Head of the Survey Control Unit. Since then, he has undertaken multiple research projects including church censuses, and has written 10 books outlining the findings and implications of these projects. Peter now runs Brierley Consulting, with the aim of supporting the Church and strengthening Christian leadership.
Dr Nenadi Adamu
University of Bedfordshire
Dr Nenadi Adamu is Lecturer in Health and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire and has experience in supporting vulnerable people.
Nenadi focus includes young people and the welfare state, young people and the informal economy and the challenges of conducting research in a privatised welfare system. She joined the University of Bedfordshire as a research student in 2012, and submitted her thesis on Young People in the Informal Economy in 2016. She is also an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and is part of the team delivering the Health and Social Care degree at the London School of Commerce Campus. Nenadi is a trustee of Youthscape.
Professor Kristin Aune
Dr Kristin Aune is Professor of Sociology of Religion at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
Kristin has undertaken many projects on students and religion and gender and the church, and previously worked at Ridley Hall Cambridge and the University of Derby. Her books include ‘Reclaiming the F Word: Feminism Today’ and ‘Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith’. She aims to use research to bridge the gap between religion and women’s rights.
Dr Chloe Lynch
London School of Theology
Dr Chloe Lynch is Lecturer in Practical Theology at London School of Theology.
After practising as a City lawyer, she spent ten years working in church leadership. Now, alongside teaching and research supervision, Chloe continues her own research in leadership and in spiritual theology. Her book, Ecclesial Leadership as Friendship, was published by Routledge in 2019. A commissioned minister in her local Anglican church, Chloe also preaches and teaches regularly in the wider church and mentors emerging leaders.