College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Theology and Religion
Department: Theology and Religion
Research Centre/Unit: EXCEPT (Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology)
I am a former molecular biologist who mutated into a theologian! After obtaining a PhD and many years experience in research and teaching Biological Sciences at Exeter, I did a Masters in Theology here, focusing on biblical studies. I then completed three years as a postdoctoral researcher on the 'Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics' project in the Theology department (http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/theology/research/projects/uses/) which led to a number of publications.
In 2010 I embarked on a part-time PhD in Theology, based on field-work, which examined strategies by which 'ordinary' Christians (those with little or no academic theological education) might be enabled to engage with the ancient texts comprising the Bible. I completed my thesis and successfully finished my PhD this summer (2016)! I hope to publish my findings in a number of journal articles.
I have taught various undergraduate modules in theological and biblical topics, both in the department here and for the Durham University-validated South West Ministry Training Course. I also teach elsewhere from time to time, such as the Exeter Medical School and the Faraday institute (http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/index.php), on areas where ethics, theology and the biosciences interact, such as environmental care, the status of the early embryo and stem cell research. My interests are varied and many!