My research interests are church and ministry in the UK, practical theology and ministry training, visual ethnographic research methods, the sacred within contemporary culture, religion and belief among young people, religion in popular culture and the media, lived religion, migration, young people in Eastern and Central Europe.
I obtained an AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme Small grant for a project called “Migration and Visual Culture: An Exploration of Identity, Catholic Imagery and Popular Culture among Polish Young People”. In this case study of Polish people aged 18-30 living in Plymouth, the young people photographed what was ‘sacred’ to them. These images, along with their narration, formed an exhibition that gave the young people a ‘voice’ within the local community: What is Sacred.
More recently, I worked as the researcher on a study of Church of England chaplains on behalf of the Arch Bishop’s Mission and Public Affairs Committee. The five case studies included chaplains in a hospital, the police service, commercial sector, a university and the industrial sector.