Universities of Coventry and Derby, and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
Paul Weller’s academic work explores issues in religion, state and society relationships, with special emphasis on matters of religion or belief, discrimination and equality, human rights and freedom of religion or belief, especially in the UK and Europe. His other key areas of interest are religions and statistics, inter-religious and inter-convictional dialogue, the teaching of the Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, and the development and practice of the Hizmet movement inspired by his teaching. Much of his professional work in these areas has been within a broadly ‘Religious Studies’ approach, utilising a range of social scientific methods. He also works more theologically on the contemporary interpretation and application of Baptist Christian theological traditions of freedom and witness.
As an undergraduate, he read Theology (BA, 1997; MA, 1981) at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, followed by postgraduate studies in Social and Pastoral Theology at the University of Manchester (MPhil, 1988), and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds (PhD, 1996). He also hold a Certificate in Education, Further and Higher Education (1992) from the Council for National Academic Awards/Derbyshire College of Higher Education, and a Managing Safely Certificate (2006) from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
In 2009, he received a DLitt from the University of Derby for ‘distinguished contribution to inter-religious dialogue and pluralism in the changing religious landscape of the United Kingdom’. Alongside his part-time College post, he is Emeritus Professor of the University of Derby, and part-time Professor in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.