Meet FoRB Partners

Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion

The CSSC conducts research on the causes and consequences of social cohesion – the bonds that hold groups together, from families and gangs to nations and world religions.

Understanding how groups are glued together is crucial to addressing some of the biggest practical problems facing humanity today and the CSSC generates science driven policy recommendations and practical interventions to address a range of issues, from violent extremism to football hooliganism. The CSSC is financially self-sustaining via a combination of research grants from conventional funding sources, charities, and philanthropic donations.

Church of England

The Church of England engages on political issues nationally and internationally. As part of its core program of work it looks to actively engage religious leaders, politicians and activists in protecting freedom of religion or belief, as set out in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right. It has an existing and active network of international religious and interreligious leaders that it draws on to organise dialogue sessions and capacity building events on freedom of religion or belief in countries of concern. It also organises in-depth solidarity visits as well as rapid response missions to collect information on threats to religious freedom which it uses to inform its advocacy with policy makers and key influencers both in the UK and abroad.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s International Reconciliation Ministry has a particular focus on resourcing Emerging Leaders and training Women on the Frontline to be agents of reconciliation and peacebuilders in their church, work place and community. Since 2014 the Church has provided secretariat support and capacity to the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief as it seeks to resource parliamentarians to leverage their roles as lawmakers to defend religious freedom and pluralism. This work has also involved building the synergies between the international network of parliamentarians and the Church’s own network of religious leaders and faith based organisations so that an inclusive group of religious freedom champions exist in target countries.


The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) is a global network of parliamentarians and legislators from around the world committed to advancing freedom of religion or belief, as defined by Article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

IPPFoRB was formed in 2014 when a small group of parliamentarians from several countries gathered in Oxford, United Kingdom to discuss ways to confront religion or belief-based abuses. An agreement was reached to build a wider international coalition in defence of freedom of religion or belief.

Today, the network consists of over290 parliamentarians from 90 countries. The focus of IPPFoRB’s work is on growing a diverse and collaborative global network and building the capacity of parliamentarians to act as agents of change in support of freedom of religion or belief both at home and abroad. It does this by hosting training and capacity-building events, organising high level international events, orchestrating advocacy opportunities and organizing outreach and network-building activities.


The Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict is a multi-disciplinary research centre applying cutting edge field-based research methods from the cognitive and behavioural sciences in collaboration with the policy community to better understand and address politically motivated violence.