The Aim of Social Cohesion

AIMS: The Centre for Social Cohesion is an non-partisan think-tank that studies issues related to community cohesion in Britain.

Headquartered in London, it was founded in 2007 by Civitas to promote new thinking that can help bring Britain’s ethnic and religious communities closer together while strengthening British traditions of openness, tolerance and democracy.

RESEARCH: The CSC undertakes on-the-ground research into ethnic and religious communities and organisations in the UK and publishes impartial, detailed analyses. Of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, the CSC staff bring years of field experience in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia to this task.

They include speakers of Arabic, Bengali, Urdu and other Asian and European languages.

ANALYSIS: With researchers trained in journalism, philosophy and Islamic affairs, the CSC studies potential challenges to liberal society, secular democracy and religious pluralism, holding that these established liberal values make British society inclusive of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and traditions.

The CSC specialises in analysing the impact of different forms of Islamism on social cohesion.

PUBLIC INFORMATION: To inform policy-makers, politicians, journalists and the wider public, the CSC publishes regular reports and holds seminars and other events exploring how best to promote tolerance, civic values and greater cohesion among Britain’s ethnic and religious communities.