Staff
Jane Leach
Jane’s doctoral research was on faith development theory. She researches, supervises and publishes in the fields of practical theology and theological education with a particular interest in the dialogue between theology and the social sciences. Her current doctoral students are exploring: good practice in the supervision of spiritual direction; the cross-cultural struggles of international students; the role of the creative arts in healthy patterns of ministry; urban pioneer ministry & liberal evangelism. Read more

Carole Irwin
Carole is currently in the later stages of doctoral studies at the University of Durham.  Her research is in the field of practical theology and seeks a theological articulation of the nature of difficulty, specifically in negotiating the tensions between faith and secularity in Christian life.  She holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and King’s College, London. Read more

Andrew Stobart
Andrew’s doctoral research used the work of Rowan Williams and Robert Jenson to explore the role that Jesus’ resurrection holds within systematic theology. Currently, he is researching, teaching and publishing in the area of Wesleyan theology, focusing especially on the development of a genuinely global Wesleyan theology. A key aspect of this is the task of decolonising the Wesleyan tradition by interacting with theologians from the global Methodist family. Areas of interest: systematic theology, global Wesleyan theology, theological method, theological leadership. Read more

Hannah Bucke
Hannah is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology through Anglia Ruskin University, researching presbyteral ministry in missional contexts. She is particularly interested in the role of the sacramental in mission. Hannah also has an interest in the relationship between faith, art and popular culture. Read more

PhD Students
Charles Lunghi
Charles’ doctoral research is on Religious Pluralism in the context of Zambia’s declaration as a Christian nation. The  research will contribute to this debate by focusing on developing a contextually-relevant model for interfaith dialogue that will provide a point of contact between Christianity and Islam, the two largest faith groupings in Zambia. Charles is particularly interested in discovering what factors are significant in the development of a model of interfaith dialogue which will promote healthy co-existence between Christians and Muslims in Zambia.

Alice Muthoni Mwila
Alice’s doctoral research is a pastoral and missiological response to the migration of young people from the traditional churches to the Pentecostal Churches in Kenya. She is focussing particularly on the experience of Nyabene Synod in the Methodist Church of Kenya. The purpose of the research is to find out why the youth are leaving the Methodist churches for the Pentecostal churches in Kenya. To achieve this, a study of the Pentecostal churches will be done to reveal what attracts the youth in comparison with what the Methodist churches offer, and provide an effective pastoral response.

Hankyu Kim
Hankyu’s doctoral research is concerned with finding a theological model of contextualisation in relation to religious pluralism. He is particularly focusing on the impact of religious pluralism on the social development practice of Christian missions in The Gambia. He is exploring how the social mission of the Methodist Church in the Gambia has related to the context of religious pluralism and how this has then impacted the social mission of the Methodist Church.

Alison Waterhouse
Alison’s doctoral research is exploring the role of religious conversion in supporting and enabling prisoners and ex-prisoners in the process of desistance of crime. There are three contexts to her research – theological, social and criminological. By the end of this research project she will have looked at the theological context of religious conversion, the nature and context of the prisoner’s own experience and considered the relevant parallels with criminal desistance theory.

Craig Wilson
Craig’s doctoral research is concerned with an Ulster-Scots and Irish American sacramental discussion arising from a sermon preached by Alexander Campbell in 1816. His thesis is that this sermon is Campbell’s ecclesiastical programme for liberty and as such encapsulates his distinctive theological position which led to a re-evaluation of his views on baptism. The primary research question is, “Is Alexander Campbell’s ‘distinctive’ theology together with his ‘restorative’ baptismal position, essentially compatible with a New Testament theology of covenantal infant baptism?”

D Prof Students
Liyan Bai
Liyan’s research arises from the work she is doing in the voluntary sector with older people in Singapore. Her working hypothesis is that older people would enjoy their last life stage better if they have sufficient spiritual resources. Here spirituality is defined as “an embodied and relational search for meaning and purpose in life and a way of coping and connecting with a sense of transcendence or the sacred”. As she works with older people from diverse cultural backgrounds, she is looking for a methodology to help elders from diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds to develop spiritual resources.

Nils Konstantinovs
Nils’ research is about spirituality and religious praxis in psychotherapeutic work with children. It arises from his practice as a Gestalt-trained addiction counsellor working primarily with adolescents. He is also a project director for the development of the adolescent behavioural health unit in a Children’s Hospital in Latvia. The background of this research is formed by a growing academic and professional interest in the role of spirituality in mental health care in general, and the inherent potential of children‘s religion in particular. However, the fundamental axis for this research is not based on increased efficacy of behavioural or cognitive change, but grows from theological implications. Healing and providing healthcare, especially – spiritual healthcare, has always been an integral part of Christian faith and practice.