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Contact Details

Telephone: 0121 204 3322

Email: c.benoit@aston.ac.uk


I joined Aston University in 2010 and have undertaken varied roles such as Programme Director and Associate Dean International. In my current role as Associate Dean for Public Engagement for the College of Business and Social Sciences, I work on knowledge-sharing and knowledge-creating activities that bring together researchers at Aston and members of the community. I work closely with external stakeholders in our region and wider society. 

I also lead and teach modules in Sociology and Policy.

My research interests are in Sociology of Childhood, Education, and Religion. My current research focuses on how children encounter religion in the primary school context.

Teaching Activity

BS2239: Business, Government and Society (module leader)

LK1025: Critical Debates in Society and Policy (module leader)

LK3029: Education for the 21st Century (module leader)

LK3036: Sociology Dissertations


Funding Applications and Awards

Research Funding - Children, Young People, and Religion: 

  • May 2022: Awarded £29,522 (Co-I) by Culham St Gabriel's Trust to investigate teachers' attitudes towards the concept of 'worldview' and how it is used in the Religious Education classroom (PI: Dr Tim Hutchings, University of Nottingham)
  • Feb. 2022: Awarded 18,833 (Co-I) by Research England to capture Young Muslims' Voices and explore their attitudes towards Relationships and Sex Education (PI: Dr Sarah-Jane Page, Aston University; Co-I: Dr Fida Sanjadkar, Monash University).
  • Sept. 2021: Awarded £1000 (Co-I) by the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education to create content for teachers of Religious Education / Religion and Worldviews in primary and secondary Church of England schools in Coventry (PI: Jennifer Jenkins; Co-I: Dr Tim Hutchings)
  • May 2020: Awarded £8000 (PI) by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales to conduct research on ‘worldview’ in the curriculum (Co-Is: Dr Tim Hutchings and Dr Rachael Shillitoe)

Knowledge Exchange Funding - Health Disparities in the Region: 

  • April 2022: Awarded £24,240 (PI) by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) to act as Senior Partner on Community Connexions and tackle health disparities in the region
  • Dec. 2021: Awarded £9422 (PI) (£6311 by Research England Policy Support Funding + £3111 by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) to work with local partners and community-led organisations to provide localised solutions to break barriers that lead to poor health outcomes (Co-I: Dr Alexis Paton)
  • Aug. 2021: Awarded £18,840 (PI) by the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to act as Senior Partner on the Community Connexions programme and launch framework for a sustainable community engagement in public health
  • Mar. 2021: Awarded £6,902.31 (PI) by the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to launch and lead a series of public engagement events
  • Jan. 2021: Awarded £6806.33 (PI) by the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to identify community engagement gaps and opportunities in public health

Other Awards

  • 2020: Awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • 2013: Awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Convenor of Socrel – the BSA Sociology of Religion study group
  • School Engagement Officer – TRS-UK (Theology and Religious Studies in Higher Education, UK)
  • Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Member of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR)


Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 24 Jan 2021


Award Date: 17 Nov 2020

PG Dip

Award Date: 30 Jul 2015

PG Cert

Award Date: 30 Jul 2013


Award Date: 31 Jul 2008


Award Date: 31 Jul 2006


  • L Education (General)
  • Childhood
  • Religious Education
  • Collective Worship
  • HM Sociology
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Religion


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