The William Temple Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Tim Middleton as a Research Fellow. Tim brings a wealth of experience as a researcher and educator on the interface of theology with science and political philosophy, but with a particular focus on Christian ecotheology in the context of the current climate crisis.
Tim is currently a Junior Research Fellow in Religion and the Frontier Challenges at Pembroke College, Oxford and is a Research Affiliate at the Laudato Si’ Institute. In his current project, he is working on a ‘Theology after the Anthropocene’, examining how religious visions of the deep, planetary future intersect with long-term thinking about present-day ecological challenges. His initial training was in the sciences, and he also holds a doctorate in Earth Sciences, investigating earthquakes in northern China.
Within Oxford, Tim is part of an interdisciplinary research network investigating Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Science. He has served as Editor of the Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society and currently teaches at Pembroke College Oxford and as an Associate Tutor in Christian Doctrine at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Between 2018 and 2022, he worked as Communications Officer for the Foundation.
Dr Middleton says “Following on from my stint as Communications Officer, I’m delighted to be able to continue my connection to the Foundation as a Research Fellow. I’m especially excited about the chance to work with colleagues at the Foundation to bring pressing discussions in the field of Religion and Ecology to much wider audiences.”
In response Professor Chris Baker, Director of Research for the Foundation says. “We are thrilled and privileged to welcome Tim back to the Foundation in this new role. Tim will add his creativity and expertise to our cutting edge thinking on environmental and climate issues, and we look forward to practical partnerships in the future in taking these vital agendas forward in the next few years.”