About us

BRIN is hosted by the University of Manchester, at the Institute for Social Change. ISC examines the causes and consequences of social change, both within Britain and internationally. The project was sponsored between 2008 and 2010 by Religion and Society, a major research programme of the ESRC and AHRC.

The project is directed by Dr Clive Field OBE and Professor David Voas.

Clive Field

Clive Field

Clive is Honorary Research Fellow in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, and also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Change, University of Manchester. Until 2006, he was Director of Scholarship and Collections at the British Library.

Clive conducted extensive research into historical statistics of British religion during the 1970s and 1980s. He co-edited the major directory Reviews of UK Statistical Sources: Religion (ESRC and RSS, 1987).

His other research interests are in:

  • churchgoing in England since the eighteenth century
  • the social history of Methodism
  • churchgoing in Kent, 1500-2000
  • religious beliefs and attitudes in Britain during the Second World War.

A selection of Clive’s academic work can be found via his personal website: http://clivedfield.wordpress.com/.

David Voas

David Voas

David is Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex. A demographer by training, he has research interests in the sociology of religion, in fertility and marriage, ethnicity, and the nature of value change and religious change in modern societies.

He also has methodological interests in national and international studies using census and survey data, in methods for measuring social diversity, and computer simulation techniques.


Siobhan McAndrew



Siobhan is a Research Associate at the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester, and Project Officer for BRIN. An economic historian by training, she has research interests in religion and values, well-being and ill-being, the impact of public attitudes on policy formation, and the social science of music.


The following have contributed to BRIN through providing research support, data entry services, and graphic design:

Joe Beech; Peter Blore; Elenora Haag; Hayley Limmer; Fiona McAndrew; Pradeep Sharma.