About

Introducing the Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life

The Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life (IIFL) is a research forum exploring and analysing the role that faith and religious belief plays in the lives of people in the U.K., whether at work, at home or in the community.

IIFL uses a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and mechanisms to establish the impact of faith in every facet of life, by bringing together academics and researchers representative of Britain’s religious diversity.

IIFL explores the ways in which faith and religious belief shapes and structures peoples’ lives, by focusing on faith groups with reputations for civic and community engagement, both at home and abroad. IIFL is particularly interested in the dynamics and interplay between, across and within different faiths, and the varying impact of religious beliefs in peoples’ working lives, work-life balance, overall life satisfaction, and civic and community engagement.

IIFL’s work makes an impact multiple workstreams, primarily through producing reports focusing on different faiths, ranging from case studies to comparative analyses. We also hold public seminars and panels, attended by representatives of different faith groups, discussing a range of appropriate topics. In addition, we publish studies, exploring the impact that faith has on perceptions of and engagement with issues such as social justice, climate change, and female empowerment.

The personal views of our team do not reflect the views of the Institute. The Institute is committed to fostering a productive and educational dialogue in modern Britain towards the positive role that faith can play. 

Our lead researcher

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Dr Rakib Ehsan is a senior research associate at the IIFL. A British-Bangladeshi academic specialising in matters of cohesion, identity and immigration, his PhD thesis investigated the effects of social integration for Britain’s non-white minorities.

rakib.ehsan@iifl.org.uk