My early training was at the University of Cambridge, where I read theology. Born and raised in Wales, I returned home after my first degree to work for a time in local government, before taking up theology again for my doctoral research. I undertook my PhD at the Department of Religion and Theology at Trinity College Dublin, as an IRCHSS national scholar, and later as a Long Room Hub Postgraduate Fellow. The research considered the work of Paul Ricoeur in order to think about the ethics of intercultural encounter between self, other and institution. I put this approach into dialogue with the theology of Thomas Aquinas on analogy, and the work was published as the monograph With and For Others in 2016.
From there I took up a post at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, where I was Director of Studies, and Affiliated Lecturer with the University of Cambridge, where I lectured in political theology. My time at that Institute intensified my commitment to amplifying women’s voices in theology and widening access to theological education. Much of my work there was focused on practical theology, a discipline which takes seriously the contribution of women and other lay voices in practice as a constitutive part of the landscape of theological and public reasoning.
Since May 2019, I have brought that commitment to my work here at Birmingham, which includes directing the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology, and teaching on themes of identity, and religion and society.