Doctoral Research Opportunities

Members of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing (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

Research Students

The DSRC has a flourishing community of research students who represent the diverse work of the centre. Here are their research projects:

  • Anne Arabome (commencing October 2015): 'Bridge over troubled waters’: a critical reevaluation of gender in religion with particular emphasis on the role, identity and mission of African women in Christianity in rhetoric and practice within the Roman Catholic Tradition
  • Richard Burke: Irish priests as British army chaplains in the Second World War.
  • David Chibanda: Religion, culture and the rights of the child in Zambia.
  • Andrew Cooke: An ecclesiological analysis of the history of official Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality from 1959 to the present day.
  • 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.
  • Innocent Ezeonyeasi: Children's Rights, the Concept of Childhood and Children's Work in Nigeria.
  • Sharon Ferguson: The Impact of Negating or Transcending Gender on our relationship with a Trinitarian God and the Church.
  • 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.
  • Phillip Taliadoros: In search of dialogue beyond stigmatisation: an exploration of popular preaching and theology in Uganda, in the context of the personal narratives of people living with HIV/AIDS and the theological justifications of those who stigmatise them.
  • Mary Witts: Unfolding the Text through Drama: an imaginative incarnational Hermeuneutic for orally-focused Christian Communities.