Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Research Centres

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies has three main research centres: 'ASK', 'RIST' and 'REDCARU'. Please find information on these three centres below.


Centre for Arts & the Sacred at King’s (ASK) ASK-centre-image

The Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King’s (ASK) is a centre for research, teaching and public education in relation to the role of religion in the arts, and the role of the arts in religion. Our focus on the arts is broad, and not limited to the visual arts alone. Our focus on the sacred is intended to ensure as rich an interdisciplinary set of engagements as possible, not prematurely foreclosing discussions when they do not obviously relate to one or more of the established religious traditions.  


Image: King’s College London Chapel by Terry Duffy. Victim, No Resurrection, 1981.

Research Institute in Systematic Theology (RIST) 

Established by Christoph Schwöbel and Colin Gunton in 1988, RIST continues to be a thriving centre for Christian systematic theology, both in its own internal diversity and in its relationship with other theological subdisciplines (biblical, historical, philosophical, literary, etc.). Its research seminar is a lively and intellectually challenging environment for staff, students, ex-students, and others (including clergy) who come from further afield.    


Religious & Ethnic Diversity in China & Asia Research Unit (REDCARU) 

The Religious and Ethnic Diversity in China and Asia Research Unit is an interdisciplinary centre at King’s College London with a network of key scholars working across Asia. It supports a wide range of activities and events for researchers and students in partnership with its twinned REDCARU centre at Yunnan Normal University.

Statue of the Nuosu culture hero, Zhyge Alu, astride his winged horse in Southwest China. Copyright Katherine Swancutt 2011, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Explore our research



TRS was ranked 3rd in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014)



A broad selection of the King's Department of Theology & Religious Studies' recent publications

Research Projects


Read more about current and past King's TRS research projects