Professor Andrew Davies

Director, Edward Cadbury Centre and Professor of Public Religion at School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham


Andrew Davies is Professor of Public Religion at the University of Birmingham, where he founded and directs the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion. A biblical scholar by training, his interests are primarily in the impact of sacred texts and religious belief upon policy, politics, culture and society.

He is a specialist in civic engagement and public education, and an experienced academic project manager, who led the AHRC-funded ‘Megachurches and Social Engagement in London’ project from 2013-16, which investigated the social engagement activities of the UK’s largest churches, developed and managed the UK government’s pilot project for the professional development of religious leaders from 2019-20, and continues to work with UK government departments to promote the understanding of religion in policy-related contexts. He also directs the University of Birmingham’s Master of Public Administration in Faith-Based Leadership and MA in Religion, Politics and Society programmes.