Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham

Some of China’s most important intellectual debates and historical moments in the modern era have touched on religion. The focus of Dr Pacey’s research is this interplay between religion, society and culture in the contemporary Chinese world. In particular, he works on modern Chinese Buddhism, Christian-Buddhist engagement, religion and popular culture, and the political dimensions of religious life. Recently, he has written on the interest in Yogācāra Buddhism among republican-era intellectuals, Taiwanese Buddhist groups, and Buddhism in the context of China’s religious revival in the 1980s.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham