Professor of Religious and Secular Studies, Lancaster University

Kim is interested in the things, places, events and groups that people hold to be sacred. She is interested in how these are expressed in people’s beliefs and values, in public rhetoric, rituals, the built environment and the media. When do they become matters of contention, conflict or a threat to security?

Her background is in the history and sociology of religions, and she has researched and directed projects on migration and diasporas, media portrayals, the urban sacred, religion in modern Britain, and religious/secular relations. She developed a spatial methodology for studying religion which has been widely used internationally.

In CREST, Kim leads research on how ideas, beliefs and values are transmitted in different contexts, and the role they play in regulating behaviour.

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Project information

CREST’s work is structured by five Programmes of activity. You can find out more information about our core programmes, as well as our commissioned projects here.

Kim Knott leads the Ideas, Beliefs And Values In Social Context programme. Read more about this project here.

Recent publications

Knott, K. (2016) Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction, 131pp, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Second edition.
Vasquez, M. & Knott, K. (2014) ‘Three Dimensions of Religious Place-Making in Diaspora’. Special Issue: The Religious Lives of Migrant Minorities: A Multi-Sited and Transnational Perspective. Global Networks 14:3, 326–347.
Knott, K. (2014) ‘Religious Differentiation and Diversity in Discourse and Practice’, in S. Vertovec (ed) Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies. London and New York: Routledge.
Knott, K., Francis, M., Reader, I. & Aechtner, R. (2014) Threat Group Case Study: Aum Shinrikyo, TIN 3.073 Final Report. 33pp.
Knott, K., Poole, E. & Taira, T. (2013) Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred: Representation and Change. 226pp. Farnham: Ashgate.
Knott, K. (2013) ‘The Secular Sacred: In-Between or Both/And?’ In A. Day, G. Vincett & C. Cotter (eds). Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular. Farnham: Ashgate. 145-160.
Knott, K. & Mitchell, J. (2012) ‘Changing Faces of Religion And Media’. In L. Woodhead & R. Catto (eds). Religion and Change in Modern Britain. London and New York, Routledge. 243-64.
Taira, T., Poole, E. & Knott, K. (2012) ‘Religion in the British Media Today’. In J. Mitchell and O. Gower (eds). Religion and the News. Farnham, Ashgate, 31-43.
Knott, K. (2011) ‘Spatial Theory for the Study of Religion’. Religion and Place. Wiley special issue on the geography and sociology of religion.
Knott, K. & McLoughlin, S. (eds) (2010) Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections. 391pp, London and New York, Zed Books.
Francis, M. & Knott, K. (2010) ‘Return? It Never Left. Exploring the “Sacred” as a Resource for Bridging the Gap Between the Religious and the Secular’, Islam and Religious Norms in the Public Sphere.
Knott, K., McFadyen, A., McLoughlin, S. & Francis, M. (2006) The Roots, Practices and Consequences of Terrorism: A Literature Review of Research in the Arts & Humanities. 92pp. University of Leeds (for the Home Office).
Knott, K. Moving People, Changing Places,
Knott, K. Diasporas, Migration and Identities,

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