William Temple Foundation Associate Research Fellows (ARFs) are established or up and coming experts working in the Foundation’s key areas: religion and civil society; religion and wellbeing; religion, politics (including public policy) and economics; religion and urban change. ARFs share our aims and objectives, sharing with trustees and staff the task of developing the mission and profile of the Foundation. The post of an ARF is a three year term, supported by a small annual honorarium.
Rosie Dawson’s links with the Foundation go back more than thirty years when, as a recent theology graduate, she worked on the Women and Employment project funded by Manchester diocese. She re-joined the Foundation as an Associate Research Fellow in 2016, with most of the intervening years having been spent working at the BBC as a reporter and producer for BBC News and the BBC Religion and Ethics department. In 2015 Rosie won the Foreign Press Association’s award for a Radio 4 documentary, Children on the Front Line, made with reporter Mike Thomson. She was also the recipient of the Jerusalem Trust’s long-form prize for Radio 3’s God and the Great War, presented by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Follow Rosie on Twitter @RosieDawson.
Tina Hearn is a Social Policy Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She has a strong commitment to widening participation and spends time, both inside and outside of work life, working with young people in a variety of ways in schools and colleges across the West Midlands. Tina has also been involved in community politics, with a focus upon equalities, racialisation and policy making. Tina teaches social theory, social policy and policy analysis, within which she has a particular interest in the roles of faith in politics and policy making. Tina’s current research interests revolve around the emergence of ‘New Materialisms’ and exploring some of their various inferences and implications for the roles of faith and faith movements in politics and policy making. Follow Tina on Twitter @SocialPolicyUoB
Dr Eve Poole read Theology at Durham, before working for the Church Commissioners. She left to study full-time for an MBA, then became a management consultant with Deloitte, where she specialised in the financial services industry. In 2002 she joined the faculty at Ashridge Business School, to teach leadership and ethics. Eve is Chair of Faith in Business at Ridley Hall and Chair of the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun. Her books include The Church on Capitalism and Ethical Leadership (with Carla Millar), both Palgrave 2010. Her most recent books Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions (2015) and Leadersmithing (2017) are both published by Bloomsbury. Eve blogs here, as well as contributing to the William Temple Foundation blog. Follow Eve on Twitter @evepoole.
Revd. Dr. John Reader is a parish priest, theological educator and practical theologian with over 30 years experience in rural ministry. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester and a Senior Tutor in Christian Rural and Environmental Studies at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. John is a board member of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, and is both interested and involved in current educational developments and the role of RE in community relations. John’s most recent publications are ‘A Philosophy of Christian Materialism: Entangled Fidelities and the Public Good’ (Ashgate, 2015) co-written with Chris Baker and Tom James, and Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan. Follow John on Twitter @DrJohnReader
Greg Smith has worked for almost forty years in urban mission, community development and social research in London and Preston. He has published extensively on religion in the inner city, faith involvement in urban regeneration, and urban theology. Greg is Development Officer for Together Lancashire, a joint venture of Church Urban Fund, Diocese of Blackburn and the Lancashire Methodist District. He also works for the Evangelical Alliance managing the 21st Century Evangelicals research programme. See more on Greg’s work and publications.
In memory: Revd. Canon Prof John Atherton (1939 – 2016) was an esteemed and beloved member of the William Temple Foundation team for over 40 years. His work journeyed through involvement with issues of poverty in the 1960s – 1980s, to engagement with economic systems as a cause of poverty from the 1980s – late 1990, leading to engagement with the wider subject of economics, and its growing involvement with wellbeing studies. He was widely considered one of the leading public theologians of his generation and is greatly missed. Read more about John’s life and work here >>
Associate Research Fellows are usually recommended by the Director or Assistant Director, by a current ARF or a trustee on the basis of their existing knowledge, writing and creative contribution to the areas of work the Foundation is committed to. If however, you are interested in supporting the work of the Foundation in this very direct way, and would like to be considered as an ARF, please contact the Director in the first instance.