Main Research Interests

PBC's Research

'I am a sociologist of religion in the Weberian tradition. My research is comparative and has covered various aspects of Islam, Japanese religions in Europe and Brazil, African religion in Africa and Brazil, migrant, minority and new religions, and millenarianism.'


Some of Peter B. Clarke's research photos (on Flickr):


'In recent years I have become increasingly interested in the topic of the role of religions in environmental conservation and have introduced new courses on this subject in Colleges in different countries including Ghana and Tanzania. I have also developed an interest in engaged religion, and in particular in engaged Buddhism in Asia, including the activities of the Tzu-chi, Buddhist Compassion and Relief Society, based in Taiwan.'


'My recent publications include editing 'The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion' (Oxford University Press, 2009) and with Peter Beyer 'The World's Religions: Continuities and Transformations' (Routledge, 2009).'


'My Previous teaching before joining King's College London (University of London) and later the University of Oxford was as Associate Professor of History at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In recent times I have taught at Spiritan University College, Ghana (2004-8) and at the Tanzanian branch of the Catholic University of East Africa (2008). I have also spent time lecturing at various universities in Brazil, including PUC in São Paulo and in Japan at Tsukuba and Hokkaido Universities.'


'Outside my work, I have a number of interests including music, walking and visiting other places, in particular Africa, Brazil and Japan.'


(PBC, 01/05/2009)


Research Photos: Slide Show