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Qualifications

PhD ‘Faith in Transition: Christian and Muslim Activists Involved in the Climate Movement’
The Open University, Milton Keynes
Awarded May 2013

MA in Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities
Bath Spa University, Bath, Avon
Pass with Distinction

PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Religious Education
Bath Spa University, Bath, Avon
Qualified Teacher Status

BA in Philology, Letters and Theology
Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania
Licentiate in Philology

Publications

Book:
2016. Praying and Campaigning with Environmental Christians: Green Religion and the Climate Movement. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters in books:
2017. ‘‘An Altar inside a Circle’: A Relational Model for Investigating Green Christians’ Experiments with Sacred Space’ in Material Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred, edited by Hutchings, T. and J. McKenzie, London: Routledge, pp. 133-151.

2014. ‘Christian and Muslim Climate Activists Fasting and Praying for the Planet: Emotional Translation of “Dark Green” Activism and Green-Faith Identities’ in How the World’s Religions are Responding to Climate Change Social Scientific Investigation, edited by Globus-Veldman R., Szasz A. and R. Haluza-DeLay, New York: Routledge, pp. 229-243.

Book reviews:
2015. ‘Book Review: The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements’. Chryssides, G. D and Zeller B. E. (eds.) in Fieldwork in Religion, vol.9 no.1, pp. 103-105.

2015. ‘Series Review: The Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements’. Barker, Eileen (series ed.) in Fieldwork in Religion, vol.9 no.2, pp. 224-228.

Articles and encyclopaedia entries:
2011. ‘Occupy Religion’, in Open Learn, Open University [online] http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/religious-studies/religion-occupied, November 2011

2009. ‘Creation Spirituality’ in Encyclopaedia of The Bible and its Reception, edited by McGinn, Bernard New York and Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Conference papers:
‘Christian Festivals and the Arts and Performance Festival Model: Countercultural Experiments and the Reimagining of the Early Church’, Festivals, Performing Arts and the Sacred Symposium, The University of South Wales, November 2016.

‘Christians in the Field, from Glastonbury to Greenbelt: Sacred Alternatives of the British Festival Culture’, The Annual Conference of the British Association for the Study of Religion, The University of Wolverhampton, September 2016.

‘Trees and Relational Identity: Green Identity as a Cross-cultural Identity’, Identity and Difference Global Philosophy Colloquium, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, April 2016.

‘Praying and Witnessing for the Earth: Developments in Green Christian Organisations’, Bath Spa Early Career Researchers Annual Conference, Bath Spa University, Corsham, June 2015.

‘Moving Mountains: Rituals in Environmental Networks’, Spiritual Exercises: The Joint Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology, Bristol University, Bristol, March 2014.

’Protest Suicide in Religious Networks: Agency, Performing Contention and Imagined Communities’, Contemporary Writing Seminar Centre, Bath Spa University, Corsham, November 2013.

‘“The Flying Man” and “The Little Wax Man”: Celestial Longing and Earthly Empowerment in Romanian Love Magic and Romantic Poetry’, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Sophia Centre Conference, June 2013.

‘Prayers for the Earth: Ritualised Protest and Identity Construction in the Climate and Transition Movements’, Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective: Engaging Outside Academia, The Open University, Milton Keynes, May 2013.

‘Centring Identity and Cultural Commuting between a Collective Green Identity and ‘Faith Identities: Christian and Muslim Activists in the Climate Movement’, The Annual Conference of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion, Groningen University, the Netherlands, October 2012.

‘The Climate Movement and its Boundaries’, The Annual Conference of the British Association for the Study of Religion, Winchester University, September 2012.

‘Power for the Planet: Narratives of Empowerment in the Climate Movement’, Cultural Crossings Seminar Series, The Open University, Milton Keynes, February 2011.

‘The Climate Movement from a New Religious Movements’ Perspective’, British Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, September 2010.

‘Churches in Transition: Christians in the Transition Movement’, British Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference, University of Bangor, September 2009.
‘Spirituality on Transition: The Eco-Spirituality of the Climate Change Campaign’, Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere Conference, Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland, May 2009.

‘The Planet as Heritage: Planet Earth in Ecological and Religious Discourse’, Heritage Studies Research Group Seminar Series, The Open University, Milton Keynes, April 2009.

‘Ritual and Performance in Eco Activism’, New Expressions of Spirituality Conference and Workshop, Szeged, Hungary, November 2008.

‘Ecotheology and Public Ecological Ritual’, British Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference, University of York, September 2008.

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