Dr Clare Radford

Research Associate

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Overview

I am the postdoctoral research associate at the Lincoln Theological Institute, conducting a project entitled ‘The Embodied Everyday: Constructing Anti-Poverty Activism as a Theology of Practice’. This project seeks to engage with everyday experiences of marginalisation as a locus for social change and for theological reflection.  

My research focuses on engaging in research that addresses the relationship between theology and contemporary socio-economic inequalities. Within the broad field of practical theology, I focus particularly on feminist, disability, and postcolonial approaches that enable a questioning of how power and politics shape theological knowledge. I am interested in collaborative research with marginalised communities and activist groups, exploring their lived experiences and their practices for transforming inequality. In this, methodology and methods questions are particularly vital for me, and I enjoy engaging in and reflecting on creative and qualitative approaches in theological research. This feeds into my broader interests around the relationship between theology and the arts, literature, and culture. 

 

Prior to joining the University of Manchester in September 2020, I taught and researched at the University of Glasgow, contributing to courses on theology and creative writing, theology and human rights, and fantasy literature. My doctoral research at the University of Glasgow (2015-2019) analysed how marginalised groups sharing their lived experiences creates social change and questioned how ‘lived experience’ is represented and interpreted in practical theology. 

 

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow (2015 - 2019)
  • 2011 - Master of Theology, Theological Ethics, University of Edinburgh
  • 2009 - Master of Arts, Divinity, University of Edinburgh

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