St Edmund's College, Cambridge

Centre for the Study of Faith in Society


The Von Hügel Institute Centre For Faith In Society is a leading centre of scholarship, publication, consultancy and education and the senior British Centre of its kind. It combines high quality applied academic research and the activities of a think tank. Active throughout the UK and overseas we have a global outlook.

The Centre has particular strengths in faith communities, migration and diaspora studies, the third sector and social enterprise, the ethics of leadership and enterprise, education, European Islam, inter-faith approaches to conflict resolution and just war strategies as well as in Religious Studies and Christian history and social thought. We are committed to policy relevance and ideas that have practical traction and impact in the public, private and civic realms.

Increasingly the Centre works internationally. In recent months this has included collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Notre Dame, Lyons, Haifa, Aga Khan, Tubingen, Singapore and Witwatersrand. We also draw on partnerships with organisations in the public, private like City Marque and voluntary sectors. We have recently welcomed UK cabinet and Shadow cabinet members, civil servants and leading members of the diplomatic corps and the think tank community to contribute to our activities.

Founded in 1987, and now going through a period of major renewal, we are an integral part of St Edmundís College, University of Cambridge. All our Associates are members of the College where we are based. We work closely with colleagues in the wider Von Hügel Institute who have ground breaking strengths in education policy and capability and sustainability. With a founding vision in an open but rooted understanding of Catholic social thought and thinking our staff and Associates are drawn from all major faith traditions and none. The Centre is the home to the emerging Cambridge Programme On the Third Sector, Social Enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility and The International Young Leaders Network.