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PhD Project

Lucy's PhD research provides an original account of the relationships between interfaith encounters and peaceful relations among young people in British schools, through a case study of the Faith and Belief Forum’s School Linking Programme. The School Linking Programme is an informal education programme which trains teachers in interfaith dialogue facilitation skills and brings students from different schools together to engage creatively with questions around religious and non-religious belief. In order to explore how School Linking fosters peaceful relations between students, the research asks: a) what impact can be captured by the Faith and Belief Forum’s existing evaluation data, b) how the School Linking process informs or inhibits peaceful relations at the interpersonal and institutional levels, and c) how academic understandings of ‘peaceful relations’ can be reassessed in light of the research’s findings.

The research’s contribution to knowledge is fourfold. First, it contributes to a number of themes in religious and intercultural education literature (including religious literacy, ‘safe space’ and the role of community schools as sites of religious diversity) and addresses a lack of research-driven evaluations of interfaith initiatives with young people and/or in schools. Second, it uses an inductive, reflective approach to evaluation, which is implicitly critical of the assumption-based ‘theory of change’ model. Third, the research has generated the first dataset of its kind to capture teacher and student feelings towards interfaith encounters across 75 schools in London and Birmingham. Lastly, contact theory is reassessed to develop a new, context-specific, theoretical framework for how interfaith contact supports and inhibits ‘peaceful relations’ in schools. A further, practical, outcome of the research is to inform the design and evaluation of School Linking through consultation with the Faith and Belief Forum during Autumn 2020.

The PhD takes a unique approach to an under-researched topic; it combines interdisciplinary research around religion and education and the sociology of religion with impact evaluation to provide an original account of the role and effectiveness of interfaith approaches as a tool for fostering peaceful relations among young people in schools.


Lucy joined CTPSR in September 2016 following three years as Fundraising and Communications Manager at peacebuilding charity Concordis International. Prior to this, Lucy achieved a First Class BA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2012 and an MSc with Distinction in Global Governance and Ethics from University College London in 2013.

As Research Assistant to Dr Kristin Aune, Lucy has been involved in a number of tasks for two national research projects: 'Chaplains on Campus' and 'Tackling Religion-Based Hate Crime on the Multifaith Campus'.

Lucy is an Associate Teaching Fellow of the HEA and has delivered lectures for the Religion, Peace and Conflict MA module, as well as workshops for the university's Doctoral Training Centre.

Education/Academic qualification

MSc, University College London

Degree, University of Cambridge


Nordic Conference of Religious Education 2019

Lucy Jane Peacock (Participant)
11 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Sociological Association SocRel Annual Conference: Communicating Religion

Lucy Jane Peacock (Speaker)
10 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Doctoral Training College Summer School Presentation

Lucy Jane Peacock (Speaker)
15 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

SRA training workshop: Interpreting and Writing up your Qualitative Findings

Lucy Jane Peacock (Participant)
24 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


2nd Place Best Poster Award

Lucy Jane Peacock (Recipient), 27 Mar 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Academic Poster Award

Lucy Jane Peacock (Recipient), 6 May 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)