LATEST NEWS: New COVID-19 Chronicles: Beyond the UK: Brazil and Religions for Peace

Dr Lina Molokotos-Liederman

Affiliated Researcher


Lina holds a PhD in sociology of religion from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (2001). The topic of her PhD research was a comparative study on pluralism and the expression of religious affiliation in state schools and the case of Muslim students in France and England. Her research was one of the first doctoral dissertations on the Islamic headscarf affair in France. Her current research interests include faith and fashion, and humour and religion. Lina has developed a research project on humour and religion for which the Woolf Institute is fundraising. In this project she hopes to explore the uses of humour as an innovative tool in interfaith engagement. She is also co-founder of the Humour and Religion Network.

Between 2015 and 2017 she has worked on "Faith & Fashion" at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts (UAL), where she is working (until June 2020) as a Research Fellow on an AHRC-funded project on "Modest Fashion in UK Women's Working Life". She served as Editorial Manager of Religion, State & Society journal (2016-2019) working in collaboration with faculty members from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College London. She is currently a member of the journal's Editorial Board. She has worked as a project-based researcher for organisations such as: Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS), Uppsala University; Centre for European Studies, University of Exeter; and International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). She has presented conference papers and published in French and English on topics including: religion and social welfare in Europe; faith-based humanitarian action; and religion and education.


Edited volumes:

Religion and Welfare in Europe: Gendered and Minority Perspectives, edited volume (with Anders Bäckström and Grace Davie), 2017, Policy Press.

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries: Conceptualising and Understanding National and Ethnic Identity Through Boundary Approaches, co-edited with Jennifer Jackson, 2014, Routledge Publishing.

Innovation in the Christian Orthodox Tradition? The Question of Change in Greek Orthodox Thought and Practice, co-edited with Trine Stauning Willert, 2012, Ashgate Publishing.

Articles and book chapters:

"A tribute to David Martin", SocrelNews, British Sociological Association, Issue 9, June 2019. 

"La réponse de l'Église orthodoxe de Grèce face aux effets humanitaires de la crise économique", Archives en sciences sociales des religions (No. 185, 2019).

"Breaking barriers, increasing understanding, one joke at a time", Global Plus - The ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives), 6 April 2018,  

"The Intersections of State, Family and Church in Italy and Greece" (with Margarita Markoviti). In: Religion and Welfare in Europe: Gendered and Minority Perspectives, edited by Lina Molokotos-Liederman (with Anders Bäckström and Grace Davie), 2017, Policy Press.

"The impact of the crisis on the Orthodox Church of Greece: a moment of challenge and opportunity?", Religion, State and Society, 2016, 44/1.

"La transmission du religieux à l'école grecque: tentatives de réforme d’une question récurrente", L'annuaire Droit et Religions, volume 8, 2015-2016.

"Faith and charity: European crisis presents opportunities, challenges for church and state", The ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives), 31 October 2015,

"Religion as a Solution to Social Problems: A Christian Orthodox Approach". In: Religion and Social Problems, edited by Titus Hjelm, 2010, Routledge Publishing.

The Education of Migrant Children: An NGO Guide to EU Policies and Actions, co-authored with Jana Huttova and Elif Kalaycioglu, 2010, Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations. 

"The Disgraceful and the Divine in Greek Welfare: The Cases of Thiva and Livadeia", co-authored with Effie Fokas. In: Welfare and Religion in 21st Century Europe: Configuring the Connections, edited by Anders Bäckström, Grace Davie and Ninna Edgardh, 2010, Ashgate Publishing.

"Sacred Words in a Secular Beat: the Free Monks Phenomenon at the Intersection of Religion, Youth and Popular Culture". In: Orthodox Christianity in 21st Century Greece: The Role of Religion in Politics, Ethnicity and Culture, edited by Victor Roudometof, 2010, Ashgate Publishing. 

Orthodox Diakonia Worldwide. An Initial Assessment (2009), published by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).  

"Greece : A Case of Selective Secularization and Deprivatization of Religion?" In: Secularism, Women and the State in the Mediterranean World Today, edited by Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, 2008, published by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture (ISSSC), Trinity College, Hartford, CT.  

"Le rôle des ONG humanitaires orthodoxes dans l'action sociale et le développement international: le cas des organisations orthodoxes". In : Les ONG confessionnelles. Religions et actions internationales, edited by  Bruno Duriez, François Mabille and Kathy Rousselet, 2007, Paris: Collection "Religions en questions", published by L'Harmattan and the AFSR (Association française des sciences sociales des religions).

"Looking at Religion and Greek National Identity from the Outside: The National Identity Cards Conflict through the Eyes of Greek Minorities", Religion, State and Society, 2007, 35/2.

"The Greek ID Cards Controversy: A Case Study on Religion and National Identity in a Changing European Union", Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2007, 22/2.

"L'enseignement de la religion en Grèce au miroir des manuels scolaires". In : Des Maitres et Des Dieux – Ecoles et Religions en Europe, edited by Jean–Paul Willaime and Séverine Mathieu, 2005, Paris: Bélin, 71–82.

"Religious Pluralism in Greece", Canadian Diversity (published by the Association for Canadian Studies in collaboration with the Metropolis Project), 2005 4/3: 21–24. 

"Sacred Words, Profane Music? The Free Monks as a Musical Phenomenon in Contemporary Greek Orthodoxy", Sociology of Religion, 2004, 65/4: 403–416.

"Mutations et débats sur la question religieuse dans l'espace scolaire grec", Social Compass, 2004, 51/4: 481–491.

"L'orthodoxie à l'école en Grèce", Revue Internationale d’Education Sèvres, 2004, 36: 71–83.

"Identity Crisis: Greece, Orthodoxy and the European Union", Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2002, 18/3: 291–315.

"Interview with Professor David Martin", BSA Network, 2002, 82: 1–3. 

"La religion à l'école en France et en Angleterre", Agora –Débats/Jeunesses, 2001, 28: 114–130. 

"Pluralisme et éducation: l'expression de l'appartenance religieuse à l'école publique. Le cas des élèves d’origine musulmane en France et en Angleterre à travers la presse", Annuaire EPHE – Section des Sciences Religieuses, 2001, 109: 535–538. 

"Religious Diversity in Schools: the Muslim Headscarf Controversy and Beyond", Social Compass, 2000, 47/3: 367–81.

"Pluralism in Education: the Display of Islamic Affiliation in French and British Schools", Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 2000, 11/1: 105–17.

Back to People