The Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS), founded in 2007, is the world’s largest research forum for Catholic studies within the public, secular academy. It provides a distinctive forum for the creative analysis of key issues in Catholic thought, culture, and practice. It has a well-established research programmes in Constructive Catholic Theology, Catholic Social Thought and Practice, and the History of Catholicism, and a newer research programme in Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts. CCS fosters and develops excellent working relationships with relevant regional, national and international public and ecclesial bodies.
The Centre for Death and Life Studies exists to foster and conduct research into life-values, beliefs, and practices that relate to living and dying. It seeks to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary approaches wherever possible between the humanities, the social and life-sciences and medicine. The Centre’s extensive networks enable collaborative research on cremation, pet death, grief and bereavement and growing engagement with local hospices and funeral directors.
The Centre for Spirituality, Theology and Health aims to promote interdisciplinary engagement connecting theology and spirituality to research and clinical practice in health and social care. It contributes to discussions and policy process in both religious communities and within the health and social care services and connects the Department’s research to the social, biological and health sciences, as well as to the wider field of medical humanities (particularly through the Institute for Medical Humanities).
The Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies founded in 2016 promotes interdisciplinary research into the multi-faceted global Anglican tradition. The Centre is an inclusive community of distinguished researchers from a broad range of disciplines. Among the Centre’s principal research strengths are Anglican theology, Anglican history and identity, Anglican education and training, global Anglican unity and diversity, empirical approaches to ecclesiology, Anglicanism and politics, and Anglicanism and conflict in the modern world.