Lecturer in Practical Theology
My main research interests lie in surveillance and in digital technologies more generally - all from a practical theological perspective.
In a nutshell, I am curious about the faith which our societies place in technologies as supposed solutions to relationship challenges across a whole host of levels and in a multitude of contexts.
This integrates my explorations of citizenship, ecclesial communities and gadgets.
By developing an inter-disciplinary research network I am keen to facilitate critical enquiry into the surveillance of religious groups and those groups use of surveillance to monitor and orchestrate the behaviour of their own members.
I am open to enquiries for PhD supervision in practical theological investigations of digital technologies and, most specifically, of mechanisms of surveillance.
I am a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT).
New Book: Theological Perspectives on a Surveillance Society: Watching and Being Watched
Published 18 May 2010 by Ashgate.
This book looks at contemporary surveillance practices and ideologies from a Christian theological perspective. Surveillance studies is an emerging, inter-disciplinary field that brings together scholars from sociology, criminology, political studies, computing and information studies, cultural studies and other disciplines.
Although surveillance has been a feature of all societies since humans first co-operated to watch over one another whilst hunting and gathering it is the convergence of information technologies within both commerce and the state that has ushered in a 'surveillance society'.
There has been little, if any, theological consideration of this important dimension of social organisation; this book fills the gap and offers a contribution to surveillance studies from a theological perspective, broadening the horizon against which surveillance might be interpreted and evaluated.
This book is also an exercise in consciousness-raising with respect to the Christian community in order that they may critically engage with a surveillance society by drawing on biblical and theological resources. Being the first major theological treatment in the field it sets the agenda for more detailed considerations.
Published by Ashgate.