My name is Chris Cotter, and I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. I was born and grew up in Northern Ireland, just outside of Belfast, and have been based in Edinburgh since coming to study in September 2004. I have been living in, or very close to, the Southside since then. If you would like to know more about me, please see the Detailed Bio and CV page.
My research project, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, aims to consider the ways in which different people talk about concepts relating to religion in the Southside, and help develop practical applications particularly for conflict situations framed in religious language. Along the way I am gathering data concerning the people and history of the Southside, which, I hope, will contribute to better community relations in this vibrant area of the city, through increased mutual understanding and improving prediction of potential issues. Further information concerning the project is included on the Detailed Project Information page.
Due to the nature of my research, I wish to include a wide variety of people in my study, whatever their background, and no matter how important or unimportant religion is in their lives. If you are willing to be interviewed, the interview should last no more than one hour (unless you wish to keep talking for longer). We can arrange a suitable and convenient location. The Detailed Project Information page contains further information on what will be involved, your right to withdraw, and measures to protect your identity.
Unfortunately, I am unable to offer payment for participation in this study. However, this research will benefit the local community, and I am more than happy to share the results upon completion.
I would be immensely grateful if you would be willing to help me in this important research. You can contact me, and sign up, by any of the means listed on the Contact page and if you could do so as soon as possible that would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks and warm regards!