Dr Jeremy H. Kidwell

Dr Jeremy H. Kidwell

Department of Theology and Religion
Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics

Contact details

ERI Building, 254

I am an interdisciplinary scholar: trained in ethics and constructive theology with a background in the humanities, particularly literature and music.

Feedback and office hours

By appointment.


  • PhD (Theological Ethics)
  • MCS (Theology)
  • Dual BA (English Literature, Music)


Broadly speaking, I am an interdisciplinary scholar: trained in ethics and constructive theology with a background in the humanities, particularly literature and music. I also have a decade of prior experience working in the high-tech sector. My work explores the problems facing our civilizations and ecologies without deference to disciplinary silos and as a result it is both critical and constructive, data driven and humanistic. I hope that my work can participate in a broader effort to stitch back together the themes of "nature" and "culture" in the mode of a field philosopher allowing an ethnographic and quantitatively generated understanding of grassroots problems and interests to illuminate my constructive ethical reflections.

Postgraduate supervision

Given that my own work is interdisciplinary, I welcome enquiries from prospective research students on a variety of topics in theological ethics carried out in the form of constructive critical reflection or ethnographic inquiry. To get a better sense of my work, have a look over my website at jeremykidwell.info, but my current areas of work include: environmental ethics (or “religion and ecology”), technology, business and organisational ethics, design and aesthetics, and the integration of ethical reasoning with biblical exegesis.

Find out more - our PhD Theology and Religion  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


I currently have three research projects underway:

  • An AHRC funded study titled “finding common ground” which seeks to investigate religious environmental groups in Britain and finds ways of connecting up religious and secular carbon workers.
  • A monograph-length book project, Ecological Reconciliation in the Anthropocene which examines ways in which different theologies of time are at work in the recently ratified construct of the “Anthropocene”
  • An investigation into the ethics of design.

Other activities

  • Secretary, Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (2014-2017)
  • Asst. Secretary, TRS-UK



Data sets

  • Eco-Congregation Scotland” [geocoded dataset] (2016). Eco-Congregation Scotland, 2014- 2016 From the “Mapping Communities” collection.  Note: this is the first in a series of data sets that I'll be putting up in an institutional repository and represents the start of a long-term project "Mapping Community"

Journal articles and book chapters

Conference proceedings

Encyclopedia entries

  • “Martyrdom / Martyr,” co-authored with Jolyon Mitchell, in Robert Segal and Kocku von Stuckrad, eds., Vocabulary for the Study of Religion (Forthcoming Leiden: Brill, 2016)
  • Labour,” in Karla Pollmann and Willemien Otten, eds., The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 3:1268-1273
  • “Labor of Love,” “Cattle,” “Millstone,” in Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students, ed. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012)

View all publications in research portal


  • Religious environmental groups
  • Religious environmentalism