Daniel studied Philosophy at the University of Nottingham before taking up a career as a teacher and researcher. He completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Religious Education at the University of Bristol; a Master’s Degree through action research with the University of St Mark and St John (awarded by the University of Exeter); and a Master of Science and Doctorate in Educational Studies at the University of Oxford (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council). His doctoral study explored religious identity construction among adolescent Christians, Jews and Muslims in England.
In 2012 Daniel was awarded a Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Large Grant Award to research Leo Tolstoy's educational thought. This is the subject of his monograph 'Leo Tolstoy' (2014, London: Bloomsbury).
Between 2011 and 2013 Daniel conducted a project of interreligious dialogue at Somerville College, Oxford sponsored by the Spalding Trust for which he received the Carmen Blacker Prize for the Study of Religion. Following this, he was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.