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Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University

Matthew Francis holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Leeds. His interests lie in the beliefs, practices and impact of sacred ideas in contemporary society in both religious and non-religious settings. He has written and spoken about the role of radicalisation and founded a website to make high-quality academic research on radicalisation and extremism available to a broad audience.
Prior to coming to Lancaster he was an Assistant Research Officer with Inform, a British Home Office-funded charity that researches and provides information on new religious and political movements. His specialist areas were on new Islamic and Far-Right movements.


  • 2013–present
    Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University
  • 2010–present
  • 2012–2013
    Assistant Research Officer, Inform
  • 2011–2013
    Programme Manager and Research Associate, Goldsmiths, University of London


  • 2011 
    University of Leeds, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Leeds, MA (by research)
  • 2003 
    University of Leeds, BA Hons