My higher education began with a BSc (hons) in Politics and Sociology from Salford University, which led to the development of a lifelong interest in social and political science. After working in the media for a number of years I began to return to academia, taking post graduate modules in areas of specialist interest, and presenting research at academic conferences.
In 2022 I completed a PhD with the University of Hull, in which I examined the development of spiritual capital in post secular society through a lens of process theology. ‘Experience(s) of Spiritual Capital: Towards a process perspective on embodiment and enculturation‘ uses original research to examine developments of Bourdieu’s capitals theory through a lens of Whiteheadian process theology. The project combines reflection on theory with a sharp practical focus, putting an emphasis on ways in which the Christian church can use the insights of process theology to help develop its practise.
I have adult teaching qualifications and taught Criminology to L4 – L6 students, including writing and delivering a specialist L6 module on ‘Morality and Evil’ which combined many of my particular interests. I have also taught a range of practical and theoretical modules relating to social science, including both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
I have published on the phenomenon of new monasticism, and nature connection in the Christian tradition and have delivered numerous conference papers on various matters relating to my areas of specialism.
I have also carried out commissioned research for charities as a freelance researcher.
In 2021 I began studies at Westminster College, Cambridge, as part of the process of being an ordinand with the United Reformed Church.
I am a member of the following Learned societies:
Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network (Steering group)
I have delivered a number of conference paper, including the following:
The Slovenian Zombie Apocalypse. Apocalypse and Authenticity conference, University of Hull. 2017
Anaesthesia – the bastard substitute for peace? Society For the Study of Theology national conference. 2017
Soul survivors: how green men tell us who we are. Spirituality and Popular Culture research day. University of Hull, 2015.
By the rivers of Babylondon, finding our soul in the heart of the city. Self and the city conference. Manchester University, 2015.
Re-engaging with the ‘other’. Missio Dei, Evangelicalism and the new politics. Chester University, 2014.
I have no current academic speaking engagements planned.
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