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My research interests are in religion, spirituality, recovery from addiction, and qualitative research methods. I have undertaken ethnographic fieldwork on the UK Recovery Walks and within the Visible Recovery Advocacy Movement, and have presented at conferences including the British Sociological Association, the British Association for the Study of Religion, and the Faces and Voices of Recovery Annual Conference.
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I chose Chester because of the lively research community and excellent supervision and support from academics and administrative staff. TRS is friendly and student focused and committed to challenging and developing its PGR students.


Summary of research

My research examines the categories of religion and spirituality among people identifying as in recovery from addiction.


Published work

Special Issues

2020                 Religion, Spirituality and Addiction Recovery. Special issue of Implicit Religion, co-edited with Wendy Dossett. Vol. 2, no. 2.

2020                 Dossett, W. & Metcalf-White, L. Religion, Spirituality and Addiction Recovery: An Introduction. Implicit Religion, Vol. 2, no. 2.

2020                 Metcalf-White, L. A Qualitative and Critical Religion Analysis of the Category of Spirituality within The Visible Recovery Advocacy Movement. Implicit Religion, Vol. 2, no. 2.

Book reviews:
2018                 Metcalf-White, L. Review of Robert C. Holub’s, ‘Nietzsche’s Jewish Problem: Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Judaism’. (New Jersey: Princeton University Press). Jewish Culture & History, 19 (2).
2016                 Metcalf-White, L. Review of Abby Day and Mia Lövheim’s, ‘Modernities, Memory and Mutations: Grace Davie and the Study of Religion’. (Farnham; Burlington: Ashgate, 2015). Theology, 119 (4), 306-307.