Prof Peter Scott

Samuel Ferguson Professor of Applied Theology & Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute

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I came to the University of Manchester in 2005 from the University of Gloucestershire, where I had been teaching since 1989. Before that, I completed a PhD at the University of Bristol: An Epistemology for Liberation: Marxist Questions to Liberation Theology (1990).

In both teaching and research I am committed to relating theological insights to the dilemmas and issues of modern life. My work thereby cuts across disciplinary boundaries and draws on political theory and philosophy as well as Christian theological traditions. I am the author of Theology, Ideology and Liberation (Cambridge University Press, 1994), A Political Theology of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Anti-human Theology: Nature, Technology and the Postnatural (SCM, 2010), A Theology of Postnatural Right (LIT Verlag, 2019), and numerous articles, and am co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Political Theology (2004), second edition (2019).

I am the Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute, a centre for advanced research in religion and society at the University of Manchester. Furthermore, I am a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, USA) and part of its enquiry in Astrobiology. I'm also the Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment and Co-Investigator for the ESRC-funded project 'Life on the Breadline: Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st Century City'.

For quick access to my publications, please click here for a list of research articles and click here for a list of books. 

If you are interested in doctoral or masters supervision, please click on my Research and Projects tab above, and then use the contact information above to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Office Hours

2021-22: semester 1

Thursday 11-12 AM

Either in person (Sam Al, room S1.43) or by Zoom


Social responsibility

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Editorial Board, Crucible: Journal of Christian Social Ethics

External positions

Interim Chair, Board of Trustees, Chaplaincy to Higher Education in Manchester

1 Mar 202030 Nov 2020

Chair of Governors, Trinity Church of England High School

15 Oct 2019 → …

Anglican priest, The Apostles and St Cuthbert's, Miles Platting, The Church of England Diocese of Manchester

30 Jun 2014 → …

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