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Dr Joanna Malone
Postdoctoral Research Associate



Joanna joined the Department of Sociology in January 2022 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a three-year Leverhulme Trust funded project, Becoming Citizens of ‘Post-secular’ Britain: Religion in Primary School Life, PI Anna Strhan (York), Peter Hemming (Surrey), and Sarah Neal (Sheffield). This study aims to investigate the role of religion in the work that schools do to foster notions of citizenship and national identity, how children and their parents experience these processes, and what this means for children’s sense of belonging in wider society.

Joanna is a qualitative researcher and studied Anthropology at the University of Southampton for her undergraduate degree before completing a MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Joanna was awarded her PhD (2021) from the University of Kent in department of Religious Studies, her doctoral research explored the lived experiences of Non-Believing Older Adults in England.

Joanna previously worked as an Associate Lecturer, specialising in the Sociology of Religion, at the University of Kent, a Research Coordinator at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a Research Assistant at Anglia Ruskin University. 

Joanna is currently Co-Deputy Editor of the NSRN Blog and has previously been a committee member in the Sociology of Religion (SocRel) BSA Study group, acting as Early Career Researcher and Post-Graduate Liaison Officer.


Selected publications

Malone, J. (2023) The importance and limitations of ‘Choice’ in child-rearing practices for non-believing older adults, Religion, DOI: 10.1080/0048721X.2023.2186960

Malone, J. & Dadswell, A., 2018. ‘The Role of Religion, Spirituality and/or Belief in Positive Ageing for Older Adults’. Geriatrics, 3(2): 28.

Hamid, E., Malone, J. and Stock, J. 2017. 'Social Lives, Social Engagement and Work'. In Docking, R. and Stock, J. (eds.) International Handbook on Positive Aging. London: Routledge, pp.193-201.

Contact details

Dr Joanna Malone
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Sociology
University of York
YO10 5GD

Tel: +44(0)1904 32 5698