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Religions and Theology, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Samuel Alexander Buliding room S1.14
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Email: katja.stuerzenhofecker@manchester.ac.uk
Semester 1 2023-24 work days: Mon & Wed 9:00 – 17:00; Tues 9:00 – 12:00.
Office hour: Tues 9:30 – 10:30 or by arrangement


  • MA Religions & Theology, MA (Econ) Labour Studies, PGCE (all University of Manchester)
  • Doctor of Professional Studies in Practical Theology, University of Chester
  • Joined Religions & Theology staff in 2003


I am organiser of the Centre for Jewish Studies 'Screen & Talk' film club.

I am guest editor of the special issue of Melilah volume 13, 2019 on 'Gender in Jewish Studies'.

Research interests

  • My expertise is in the area of gender issues in contemporary Jewish and Christian communities, and their relation to thought and tradition. I am also interested in interactions between minority and majority groups in different social contexts. I use ethnographic and participatory research methods. My latest research investigated Orthodox Jewish online prayer groups under the pandemic; https://www.manchester.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/humanities-coronavirus-projects/jewish-female-religious-practices/
  • I have a research interest in teaching and learning in higher education, with focus on the study of contemporary religion, inclusive pedagogy, sustainability-related curriculum and blended learning. This research is conducted in collaboration with students. My doctoral pedagogical research investigated the purpose and methods of teaching theology and religious studies to students with diverse worldviews in a non-confessional setting of higher education. Collaborative research with Dr John Zavos developed resources to embed the public dissemination of student knowledge and understanding into teaching and learning practices; http://projects.alc.manchester.ac.uk/students-in-public/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

19 Oct 202030 Apr 2021

Areas of expertise

  • BM Judaism
  • Gender issues
  • BR Christianity
  • Gender issues

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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