Our Team

  • Rev Prof Philip HughesSenior Research Fellow

    Philip has spent most of his professional life researching the sociology of religion. He has a particular interest in the spiritual and religious dimensions of culture and their expression in organisations. Not only was Philip the founding Director of the CRA, being for 31 years its Senior Research Officer, but also worked for 11 years at Edith Cowan University. Philip is also an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Divinity and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference National Centre for Pastoral Research. He currently holds a Professorial-level position with Alphacrucis College, specialising in research methods and post-graduate supervision. Impressively, Philip has written more than 60 books and hundreds of peer-reviewed articles.

    Areas of expertise: 1. Religion, society and culture.  2. Wellbeing, values and meaning-making.  3. Research methods.

  • Dr Bob DixonSenior Research Fellow

    Bob was the Foundation Director (retired) of the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and remains an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Divinity. Bob has co-authored numerous publications about the demography of the Australian Catholic community, aspects of Catholic belief and practice, and the make-up of Catholic parishes.

    Areas of expertise: 1. Catholic life in Australia.  2. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

  • Prof Ruth WebberSenior Research Fellow

    Ruth is an Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and holds honorary appointments at the University of Divinity, the ACBC National Centre for Pastoral Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ruth has degrees in sociology, psychology and education, and from 2004 until 2013 was the director of ACU’s Quality of Life and Social Justice Research Centre. Since formally retiring in 2014, she has undertaken private research for several non-profit welfare agencies.

    Areas of expertise: 1. Social justice, such as intellectual disability and social engagement.  2. Youth spirituality.  3. Sexual assault.  4. Natural disasters.