The Theology and Action Research Network is co-ordinated by a Steering Committee, made up of theologians, sociologists and action researchers. Brief details of the Committee are given below.
Dr. Clare Watkins, University of Roehampton. Network Director.
One of the original developers of Theological Action Research, Clare is a Lecturer at the University of Roehampton in Ministerial Theology. A Catholic lay theologian, Clare’s work has been in ecclesiology, sacramental theology and the theology of ecclesial practice. She is a former chair of the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology, and a member of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography Group. Clare has recently published a constructive ecclesiology, drawn from empirical research and integrating ecclesial and systematic theological sources. This work – Disclosing Church: an ecclesiology learned from conversations in practice – concludes with a proposal for a ‘whole-theology’ approach which recognises practice as an entirely necessary and traditional element in faith’s seeking of understanding. More details of Clare’s background and publications can be found here.
Dr. Helen Cameron
Helen is a Research Associate of the Centre for Baptist Studies at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and founding director of the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology. She is Head of Public Affairs for The Salvation Army which involves lobbying for policy changes on behalf of those the organisation serves. As a practical theologian she is interested in the connections between the pastoral, practical and political.
Dr James Butler
James is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Roehampton and MA lecturer at the Church Mission Society, both in the UK. He researches and teaches in the fields of missiology, ecclesiology and practical theology. He is currently involved in two theological action research projects: one exploring learning in British Methodism, and the second exploring Methodist and Catholic engagement in social action. He was awarded his PhD from Durham University researching how small missional communities sustain their social action.
Dr Elizabeth Davies, Website Consultant and Administrator
Elizabeth worked for over 13 years in the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales as Marriage and Family Life Project Officer. During that time she oversaw a national participative research project, Listening 2004 and supported the consultation processes within England Wales for the two World Synods on Family in 2014 and 2015. Her doctoral work completed in 2016 was a study of the role of the diocesan coordinator of Family Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. Elizabeth has been a member of the reflector teams on several TARN projects.