Sean has written books and articles in the field of religion and public policy for the past decade as well as lecturing at a number of academic institutions. He has also given a number of public lectures. Before his current role, Sean was the Interreligious Advisor for the Church of England’s Diocese of Peterborough and was also worked for the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the European Union as the Researcher on Inter-Religious issues. Over the past few years, Sean has co-authored Parliamentary publications concerning religious liberty and co-authored a strategic analysis report on religious futures for the British Ministry of Defence.
Sean has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Asiatic Society
Study of Religions
Western policymakers’ engagement with Islam and Muslim communities, historically and currently
Religious Minorities - Identity and Citizenship issues
Religious trends and dynamics in International Affairs
Research Centres & Projects:
Expert Advisor, ‘The Science of Values and Identities in the Political Process’ European Commission, Joint Research Centre Project, 2019 - 21
Oxford Centre for Religion & Culture
Oxford House Research
Publications & Research Outputs:
Courting Islam Lanham (M.D.) Rowman and Littlefield, 2020
God’s Unwelcome Recovery Oxford: LionHudson, 2015
Muslim Minorities and Citizenship: Authority, Communities and Islamic Law, London: I.B. Taurus, 2012.
The Caliphate Question: British Government and Islamic Governance, Lanham (M.D.): Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
Articles and Papers
‘STARTed but CONTESTed: Analyzing US and British Counter-Extremism Strategies’ Review of Faith in International Affairs Vol.16, Iss. 2, pp71-83, 2018
‘Integration, Assimilation and Fundamental British Values: Invested Citizenship and 21st Century Belonging’. Cambridge Papers, Jubilee Centre, pp1-5, 2017
‘John Davis’ in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
‘The European Union’s Engagement with Issues of Religious Freedom’, Journal of Faith in International Affairs. Vol. 12, Iss. 3, pp25-32, 2014
‘The Bible in Reconciliation’ in Democracy, Conflict and the Bible: Reflections on the role of the Bible in International Affairs Bible Society, 2015
‘The Blacksmith’s Anvil: The Forging of Christian-Muslim Relations in Europe’ in J. Azumah and P. Riddell (eds.), Talking Points in Christian-Muslim Relations in the Noughties, Melbourne: Acorn, 2013
’Indian and European Muslim Identity: Implications for Christian Political Thought in Europe and the Subcontinent’, in C. Bennema and I. Bhakiaraj (eds.) Indian and Christian: Changing Identities in Modern India, Bangalore: SAIACS Press, 2011.
GST: Future of Beliefs. (Co - Author) Oxford XXI (for the Ministry of Defense, Global Strategic Trends: The Future Starts Today, 6thEdn) 2018.
The New Traditionalists: Post-Millennial, Post-Liberal: An analysis of values amongst British young people. (Consultant) Legatum Institute, 2018
Under Caesar’s Sword: Project Report and Policy Recommendations.(Co-Authored) Notre Dame and Georgetown University, 2017
‘Chapters Five, Six and Seven’ (Co-Authored) in Malcolm Evans (ed.) Article 18: An Orphaned Right. A Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom, 2013