Research Students

Doctoral Research Opportunities

Members of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Catholic Studies (DSRC) have expertise in a wide range of issues relating to the study of religions and theology, with specialisms in Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. We can offer postgraduate supervision in a range of historical and contemporary approaches to theology and the study of religions, including:

  • Theological and literary approaches to scriptures and sacred texts in translation and in their original languages, including Arabic and Sanskrit (the Bible, the Qur’an and hadiths, Hindu textual traditions)
  • Theological ethics
  • Philosophical theology
  • Mythology
  • Medieval theology and philosophy (Christian and Islamic)
  • Jewish studies
  • Trinitarian and Jewish monotheism
  • Religion, gender and the role of women in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism
  • African theology
  • Theology of religions and inter-religious dialogue
  • Human rights, religion and theology
  • Theology and psychoanalytic theory
  • Feminist theology/theology and sexuality/queer theology
  • Mariology (in Christianity and Islam)
  • Mysticism and Spirituality (Christianity, Islam, Indian religions)
  • Religion, art and culture

Current Research Students

Clare Ayelotan

Tara Baker

Peter Birks

Shanon Ferguson: The Impact of Negating or Transcending Gender on our relationship with a Trinitarian God and the Church

Grainne Doherty: An exploration of Pope John Paul II’s theological anthropology in the context of his Theology of the Body and the ‘New Feminism’. In engagement with the perspectives and experiences of some Irish Catholic women.

Katie Humphrey

Innocent Ezeonyeasi: Children's Rights, the Concept of Childhood and Children's Work in Nigeria.

Nick Mayhew-Smith: Nature rituals of the early medieval church in Britain: Christian cosmology and the conversion of the British landscape from Ninian to Bede.

Richard Burke: Irish priests as British army chaplains in the Second World War.