Wren Radford

Wren Radford


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I am a Lecturer in Liberal Arts, and my teaching covers areas of interdisciplinary theology, arts and culture, and social change. 

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, queer, 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, collaborative, and qualitative approaches.  This feeds into my broader interests around the relationship between theology and the arts, literature, and culture. 

I joined the University of Manchester in September 2020, as the 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. Prior to that, 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. 


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 20152 Jul 2019

Award Date: 2 Jul 2019

Master of Theology, Theological Ethics, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Dec 2011

Master of Arts, Divinity, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 2 Jun 2009


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