Research

When I’m not coaching I’m involved in some interesting research projects. Right now I am working with the Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham on a UK-India project.

My interests connect with the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion of which I am an Honorary Fellow. The India project involves values-based leadership connecting business leaders and academics. I also work as a visiting lecturer on an ad-hoc basis.

Broadly speaking, research interests centre around hermeneutics and pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit). A special interest is interpretation and perspective in relation to the holistic nature of who we are as people and the systems around us that influence (or hinder) vision and understanding.

I am also intrigued by the relationship between private and public expression, considering to what extent and in what ways matters of faith and spirituality are communicated in public spaces. This interest draws on my background in communications and generates from a desire to build unity and understanding amongst different groups in society.

In more detail, research interests include:

  • Contemporary approaches to hermeneutics, especially Pentecostal and charismatic approaches.
  • Pneumatology, in particular the relational and transformational work of the Holy Spirit in the individual, the community, and society structures. Also considering how this work can be hindered.
  • Recent history (1960s onwards), especially with the purpose of building awareness and understanding of different groups, cultures, and societies.
  • Values and spirituality in public, professional, and private spheres.

My PhD research was supervised by Rev Dr William P Atkinson at London School of Theology (2014–2019). My thesis covered pneumatology, hermeneutics, and modern history. It was in the form of a diachronic analysis, conveying in an embodied form that understanding evolves over time. I received a pass without corrections for this work.

The edited published version, The Interpreting Spirit: Spirit, Scripture, and Interpretation in the Renewal Tradition (2020) was given the 2021 Book Award of Excellence by The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship. It was an honour to receive this peer-recognised award; research work is often hidden work so when recognition comes it is always appreciated.

Finally, on a more personal, emotive note, I feel concerned that there is much criticism of others in society today. I am not perfect but I try to rebalance this by working to communicate in ways that celebrate rather than criticise others. I am just one little fish in a very big sea but maybe, just maybe I might just help to turn the tide…

Member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

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Work with Hannah

Please feel free to contact me with concerns related to writing or teaching. My research interests concern the role of faith and spirituality in contemporary society. I am fascinated by the different perspectives we each look at our lives and situations through and factors that facilitate or hinder our perception.