I am Sociologist/Anthropologist of Religion. I am a researcher of New Monasticism in the UK, US, and Canada, and of Christian evangelicals. I am currently a Research Fellow at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. I have previously worked at St Mary’s University (Twickenham) and Cardiff University. My research interests in sociology and anthropology of Christianity and of morality. Specifically, I research authenticity, tradition and neo-traditionalism, hospitality, and moral emotions.
I have lectured in anthropology of religion and in sociology at Cardiff University for four years. That included convening a module on Religion and Film. I’m and Managing Editor for the journal Secularism & Nonreligion and Editor for the Sociology of Religion Section of the open access journal Open Theology (De Gruyter) I’ve lectured and led seminars across disciplines on various subjects, including globalisation, migration, modernity, national identity at Cardiff University and carried out some research on cohousing and intentional communities.
I was awarded a PhD with no corrections in sociology of religion from Cardiff University. The thesis put forward a concept of authenticity to better understand the individual religious identity of Christian evangelicals in pluralistic times. The theory draws on Georg Simmel and is illustrated by ethnographic research carried out in a Christian evangelical church. It is available online here.
I’m interested in issues of migration and EU citizenship. I’m collating the research I come across on migration and citizenship at my other blog Migration & Citizenship Research. I also write and commission articles as Associate Editor of the European page of openDemocracy.
I’m an experienced policy and public affairs’ professional. I have lobbied successfully for policy changes. I was in politics for ten years and was an elected councillor for two terms in Cardiff.
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