Dr Sophie Bremner

Department of Theology and Religion
Research Fellow

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I am a Social Anthropologist working on the AHRC funded research project Megachurches and Social Engagement in London.


  • PhD, School of International Development, University of East Anglia (2013)
  • MRes in International Development, University of East Anglia (2008)
  • MA(Hons) in Social Anthropology with Development Studies, University of Edinburgh (2005)


Before joining the University of Birmingham, I completed my PhD in International Development, which was based on anthropological fieldwork in Uganda and explored how contemporary ‘born-again’ Christians understand the future and mediate challenges in life, in particular by using patronage relations. Prior to this, I carried out anthropological research in Northern Thailand, looking at how Thai women who converted from Theravada Buddhism to Pentecostal Christianity changed their ideas about relationships with men.


My research interests lie primarily in the anthropology of Christianity, specifically at Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism in global contexts.