Cherryl Hunt



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 metamorphosed 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  ( 

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 in 2016 and am currently writing up my findings as 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 (, 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!