Research

Current Centre research activity is listed below, along with research associates. Further information for those interested in working for a research degree and also information about current students pursuing research degrees may be found here.

Current research includes the following:

December 2012 – January 2014. Study (£33K) of the Church of England’s involvement in chaplaincy, involving quantitative survey and qualitative case-studies, commissioned by the Mission and Public Affairs Council of the Archbishops’ Council Theology of Repatriation. The report was delivered to the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council in March 2014 and is available here.

January 2012 – January 2014. Pilot project (£25K), including literature review and small-scale qualitative work with chaplains, patients and staff, commissioned by the Multi-faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy.

January 2012 – December 2013. Research conducted in association with the RAF Chaplains’ branch into the theology of repatriations of UK military personnel killed in Afghanistan, leading to professional development programme for all three Armed Forces, the fees for which constitute the funding for this project.

December 2009 – March 2011. This is a research contract (£71k) with the National Offender Management Service, to conduct a qualitative investigation of the contribution of prison chaplaincy to the prison service. This is an evaluation of prison chaplaincy after ten years of development of multi-faith practice. This has involved the appointment of a full-time PDRA and a programme of interviews and focus groups with chaplains, prisoners and prison staff. The Project report was published to all chaplains by NOMS during 2011, and is available here.

January 2009 – June 2010, supported by a British Academy small grant. Series of three residential workshops involving chaplains and academics; bringing chaplains’ experience, of addressing moral questions in the delivery of military training and in relation to operations, to bear on the ethics of international conflict (including, for example contemporary developments in the Just War tradition). An edited collection of papers from, this workshop is in preparation, to be published as a book by Ashgate.

Full-time PhD, 2007-2010 under the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme, co-sponsored by the Hospitals Chaplaincy Council; investigating the impact of public policy on healthcare chaplaincy (on, for example, models of chaplaincy and public understanding of spiritual and religious care, in a multi-faith context). This was completed and passed (with no corrections required) in 2010. Publications will follow.

Research Associates
Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips

The Role of the Anglican prison chaplain in England and Wales in the 21st Century.
My overarching research question is “What do Anglican prison chaplains think they are doing in the 21st century?” This is essentially a piece of qualitative research using ethnographic methods of loosely structured interview and limited participant observation. I have gathered data from a purposive sample of 35 Anglican prison chaplains and am currently analysing them against a coding set grounded in the early interviews and refined during the research process. An important part of the analysis relates to the experience of women chaplains and gender issues more widely.