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Staff research activity is at the heart of our vibrant and inclusive research culture in TRS. Over the past decade the reputation of research at Chester has grown rapidly, with many of our staff established as international leaders in their respective fields.  Since 2014 staff have produced over twenty single-authored or edited volumes and well over one hundred journal articles and book chapters. Members of the Department have secured more than £2.5 million in external grant income since 2014.

We employ a range of approaches to academic research, many of which are inter-disciplinary in nature. The breadth of research interests and expertise extends across the fields of Religious Studies, Theology and Biblical Studies. Researchers engage with other disciplines such as textual and translation studies, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, creative arts, history, gender and ethics. 

Staff in TRS exercise research leadership positions in their respective academic associations, including American Academy of Religion, Society for Biblical Literature, International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, Global Network for Public Theology, Society for the Study of Theology, British Sociological Association Study of Religion Group, British Association for the Study of Religion and British New Testament Society.

You can find out more about individual staff research interests, publications and expertise here.

We pride ourselves on making our research accessible to wider audiences beyond higher education, through public lectures, podcasts and webinars, media work and consultancy. We work closely with schools, faith groups, policy-makers, campaigners and voluntary organisations. Our research also informs our teaching across all our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

TRS staff have a successful track record in supervising research students, many of whom have gone on to careers in higher education, publishing, non-governmental organisations and religious leadership. You can find out more about our research degrees and look for a supervisor here.