Research Centre Staff


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Professor Tina Beattie
Tina is the Director of the DSRC and Professor of Catholic Studies. She researches in the field of Catholic theology and gender, human rights and women's rights, and theology and the visual arts. She is a trustee of the Catholic weekly journal, The Tablet. Tina works extensively with parishes, religious orders, schools and universities to promote greater theological understanding and awareness of issues to do with Catholic social teaching, the role of women, and the importance of the visual arts. She is a regular contributor to The Tablet, The Guardian online and to BBC Radio 4.


Dr Simonetta Calderini
Simonetta is a Reader in Islamic Studies and Religious Studies. She researches in Islamic Studies and particularly Shi'a Islam (Ismailism) and Women and Islam, and the interaction between Catholicism and Islam.

Dr Janek Dubowski
Janek's work with adults and children in the fields of psychotherapy and Arts Therapies has led to an interest in how the imagination and creativity allow for the expression, exploration and mediation of symbolic communication.

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Professor John Eade
John is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology researching different forms of migration – labour migration, pilgrimage and tourism – as well as urban ethnicity and identity politics, and is Executive Director of CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism) which links Roehampton and Surrey universities.

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Reverend Dr Daniel Eshun
Daniel is an Anglican Chaplain and Lecturer in Theology and Ministerial Studies. He researches on anthropological, sociological and theological analysis of liturgy, mission, evangelism and nurture in African Churches (Catholic and Protestant), and the interaction between African Traditional Religions, Catholicism, Islam, Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements.


Professor Cecilia Essau
Cecilia is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology with particular research interests in areas of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology relating to mental health, addiction and depression. She serves as a consultant and adviser on numerous international programmes, and she is the Director of the Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CARACAW).

Dr Neil MacDonald
Reader in Theological Studies

Professor Suzy Harris
Suzy is Professor of Education and Principal, Digby Stuart College – research focuses on the internationalisation of higher education in the UK and Europe, especially Spain where she has strong collaborative links. She is the Director of the Research Centre in Beliefs, Rights and Values in Education at Roehampton University, and is Editor of the journal International Studies in Sociology of Education.

Dr Annabelle Mooney
Annabelle is Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics. Her research interrogates the linguistic detail of religion and the changing communicative contexts brought by technology and globalization, and the challenges which religious language pose to current sociolinguistic theories, especially the latter's preoccupation with "performance".

Dr R. David Muir
Lecturer in Ministerial Theology (professional practice) 


Professor Claire Ozanne
Claire is Deputy Provost and researches in ecology, forest biodiversity and conservation and forest canopy sampling methodology. She is on the Steering Committee of the Global Canopy Programme and is involved in collaborative research with the Tropical Ecology and Entomology Research Group, Oxford University.


Andrew Rogers
Andrew is Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology and Programme Convener for Ministerial Theology. He also convenes the Research Group in Ministerial Theology, and leads the Being Built Together research project. His research interests include: 'Ordinary hermeneutics' - that is, the hermeneutical practices of ordinary Bible readers; interdisciplinary issues between theology and social science; use of ethnography in practical theology research; aspects of evangelicalism and fundamentalism; missiology and aspects of contemporary ecclesiology.

Dr Susanna Snyders
Associate Director, Catherine of Siena Virtual College

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Dr Lynn Thomas
Lynn is Senior Lecturer in Hinduism and Religious Studies. Her research focuses upon Hindu epic literature and myth, Hindu theories of time, and mythology and gender, with additional interests in the comparison between Hindu and Catholic forms of pilgrimage, and the gender issues involved in the portrayal of female figures in both traditions.

Clare WatkinsDr Clare Watkins

Lecturer in Ministerial Theology


Associate members

The Centre has over two hundred associate members who are welcome to attend seminars, study days and other events. If you would like to be on the mailing list, please contact Tina Beattie.