Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy carries out world-leading research with equally world-leading social impact, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which graded 42% of Winchester’s Theology and Religious Studies submission as 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). Overall, 85% of our research in theology and religion was deemed of international quality (2* and above).
For economic, social and cultural impact, our Theology and Religious Studies submission was ranked 15th in the UK by Times Higher Education, with 20% ‘outstanding’ (4*) in its reach and significance, 70% ‘very considerable’ (3*) and 10% ‘considerable’ (2*).
Research publications in our Theology and Religious Studies submission included books on topics as diverse as animal ethics, Eastern Orthodoxy, interreligious dialogue, the Song of Songs, the theology of health, feminist theology, and the theology of Scripture.
Impact case studies
The research impact assessed in REF 2014 included a project on Religion and Peacebuilding in Nepal, led by Dr Mark Owen and Prof. Anna King of the University’s Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace. Owen and King researched the contributions that religious groups could make to the ongoing peace process following a decade of civil war in Nepal. Their research led to a major national consultation in Kathmandu, bringing grassroots peacebuilders together with Government representatives, NGOs and other stakeholders. Their work has also led to discussions with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office about religious peacebuilding in Nepal and elsewhere. (Photo: Prof. Anna King and Dr Mark Owen with special guests; in the centre, the
Honourable Ram Kumar Shrestha, Nepal's Minister of Peace and
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Departmental research strengths
Dr Maya Warrier, Reader in Religious Studies and Head of Department
Dr Warrier’s research focusses on Hindu identities and traditions in modern transnational contexts. Her interests centre on transnational guru movements, questions of identity in the Hindu diaspora, and Hindu traditions in the contemporary Western holistic health milieu. She is currently researching the Indian health tradition, Ayurveda (rooted in ancient Buddhist and Hindu cosmologies) in its modern Anglophone manifestations in India, the US and the UK. Find out more about Dr Warrier.
Dr Andreas Andreopoulos
Dr Andreopolous's research interests are in Orthodox Theology, Greek Patristics, Iconology, Ecclesiology, Liturgy, Christian Semiotics, Sacred Art and Monasticism. He is Programme Leader of the MTh Orthodox Studies. His latest book is This is my Beloved Son: the Transfiguration of Christ. Find out more about Dr Andreopoulos.
Prof. Robin Baker
Professor Baker's research interests are in the Old Testament and Mesopotamian religious beliefs. His research is particularly focussed on the degree to which the Old Testament can be read as an esoteric text, its relationship with the New Testament, and the relationship between the Old Testament and Mesopotamian cultic practices and esoteric writings, especially those of Assyria in the first millennium BC. He has written extensively on the biblical Book of Judges, and on reflections of Mesopotamian gods and goddesses in the Old Testament. His monograph on Judges, Hollow Men, Strange Women: Riddles, Codes and Otherness in the Book of Judges, was published in 2016 by Brill. Find out more about Prof. Robin Baker.
Prof. Neil Messer
Professor Messer's research interests are in the areas of theological ethics, bioethics and the relationship between science and theology. His current research includes theological concepts of health and disease, and the engagement of theological traditions with public ethical and policy debates. Find out more about Prof. Messer.
Dr Mark Owen
Dr Owen is the Director of the Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace. His research interests include Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhism and conflict, conflict prevention, Asian politics and development, and research methodologies. Together with Prof. Anna King, he has played a vital role in the Nepalese peacebuilding process. Find out more about the project Religion and Peacebuilding in Nepal.
Dr Angus Paddison
Dr Paddison has research interests in the relationship between theology and Scripture; the theologies of P.T. Forsyth, Stanley Hauerwas and John Howard Yoder; theological ethics and political theology. At present his research is centred on theological politics, democracy and the city in the company of (amongst others) John Howard Yoder, Stanley Hauerwas and Rowan Williams. His latest book, Theologians on Scripture, was published in 2016. Find out more about Dr Paddison.
Dr Timothy Secret
Timothy's philosophical work has focussed on
contemporary continental philosophy and its relation to the arts,
technology and the sciences, with a particular focus on psychoanalysis.
He is also interested in contemporary approaches to ethics,
political theory and film. His recent book, The politics and pedagogy of mourning: on responsibility in eulogy (Bloomsbury,
2014), focusses on the accounts of death, mourning and eulogy in
twentieth-century thought. He is currently exploring ethics, film and the gaze. Find out more about Dr Secret.
Dr Christina Welch
Dr Welch has research interests in indigenous religions, religions, nature and environmentalism, Death Studies, and religion in visual culture. She is Programme Leader for the MA Death, Religion and Culture and plays a leading role in the interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies as well as the Medieval Jewish Winchester project. Find out more about Dr Welch.
Books by TRP academics
In addition to the books above, our staff have many groundbreaking publications to their names.Find out more about books by TRP academics
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