Research Group in Theology, Religion and Practice

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Our purpose is to provide a supportive environment that fosters high quality research into all aspects of theology, religion and practice. The Humanities department has thirteen staff (plus visiting lecturers) teaching on five practice-based programmes to over 150 students, and there are others engaged in related research in other departments. With such a critical mass, this research group aims to explore issues of research methodology, collaborate on funding bids, showcase group research, work on publication projects together, mentor postgraduate students, and through regular meetings provide a forum for staff and postgraduate students to tackle critical issues in their research together.

The Convenor of the Group is Dr Ashley Cocksworth (Senior Lecturer in Theology and Practice).

The RGTRP meets between 11.30 am – 1.00 pm. Venues to be confirmed. We are very grateful to The Susanna Wesley Foundation for sponsoring the RGTRP seminars.

If you have any questions about the RGTRP, please contact:

The Seminar Programme for Autumn 2020 can be found here.

The Seminar Programme for Spring 2021 can be found here.

Research Group in Theology, Religion and Practice

Autumn Semester



Jenny Morgans (Kings College London)


'Crafting Home: Emerging Christian Women at University'


Dr Ash Cocksworth (University of Roehampton)


'The Smile: A Theological Account'


Dr Clare Watkins (University of Roehampton)


'Practical Fundamental Theology: Revisioning ‘Practical Theology’ as a Traditional Response to the Doctrine of Divine Revelation'


Dr Lia Dong Shimada (Susanna Wesley Foundation)


‘Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community’


Spring Semester



Dr Sanjee Perera (Open University / Coventry University)


‘Cognitive Ecclesiology: How Church Shapes our Cognition’


Sally Rush (University of Roehampton)


'The experience of the white chaplain and community worker in a context where the majority of young adults are from different ethnic backgrounds'


Jim McManus (University of Roehampton)


‘Health and its Social Determinants: Why is it a Theological Issue?’


Prof Tone S. Kaufman (MF Norwegian School of Theology)


‘A New Old Spirituality? A Qualitative Study of Clergy Spirituality in the Nordic Context’


Dr Karen O’Donnell (Sarum College, Salisbury)


‘Providence, Prayer and Pregnancy: Theology in the Light of Reproductive Loss’


Dr Cathy Ross (Church Mission Society in Oxford)


‘Imagining Mission as an Adventure of the Imagination’


Dr Chris Shannahan (Coventry University)


‘The Violence of Poverty and Christian Activism in the Age of Austerity’

Research Group Members


Areas of Research Interest

External Collaborators


Postgraduate Study