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Prof Stephen Bullivant

Director, Benedict XVI Centre; Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion, SMU; Professorial Research Fellow in Theology and Sociology, UNDA
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Tel: 020 8240 4185
Specialist areas: Sociology of Religion (esp. Catholicism, Nonreligion, Islam); Britain, USA, Australia; Dogmatic Theology; Science and Religion; Survey Methods

St Mary's Affiliates

andre-alvesDr André Azevedo Alves

Reader in Economics, Political Economy and Public Policy
Specialist areas: Political Economy; Public Policy Analysis; Regulation; Ethics; Political Philosophy

ashley-beckRevd Dr Ashley Beck

Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Ministry
Specialist areas: Catholic Social Teaching; Europe; Theologies of Liberation

philip-boothProf Philip Booth

Professor of Finance, Public Policy, and Ethics
Specialist areas: Economics; Business Ethics; Catholic Social Teaching

Dr Susan Longhurst

Lecturer in Ethics and Religion
Specialist areas: Sociology of religion; Conversion; Evangelization; Applied Theology


john-charmleyProf. (Em) John Charmley

Professor Emeritus of History
Specialist areas: Religion and British politics; Nineteen and Twentieth Centuries; Churchill;  Newman

Pia Matthews-Dr Pia Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Bioethics
Specialist areas: Bioethics; John Paul II; Theology of the Body; Disability

jacob-phillipsProf Jacob Phillips

Interim Dean of Faculty of Education, Theology and the Arts
Specialist areas: Dogmatic Theology; Fundamental Theology (especially Newman, Ratzinger and Pryzwara)

Dr Marianne Rozario

Specialist areas: International Relations; Social  Justice; Holy See


UNDA Affiliates

Prof. Renée Köhler-Ryan

National Head of the School of Philosophy and Theology
Specialist areas: Philosophical Aesthetics; History of Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Catholic Intellectual Tradition; Ethics; Philosophy of Culture

Dr Philippa Martyr

Adjunct Research Fellow


Prof. Tracey Rowland

St John Paul II Chair of Catholic Theology
Specialist areas: Ratzinger/Benedict XVI; Theological Anthropology; Cultural Theory; Political Philosophy


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Professor of Catholic Education
Specialist areas: Religious Education, Liberal Arts, Catholic Higher Education



Visiting affiliates

Dr Shoaib Ahmed Malik

Honorary Researcher
Specialist areas: Islam; Science; Atheism; Theology



Dr Maria Power

Honorary Researcher
Specialist areas: Peace; Just War; Northern Ireland; Catholic Social Teaching; Community Development