Our Team

Chris Shannahan - Principal Investigator

Dr Chris Shannahan is Associate Professor in Political Theology at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. 

Chris is an urban political theologian whose work is grounded in his grassroots experience. His research focuses on theological responses to poverty and inequality; diversity and racial justice and faith-based political activism. His publications include two monographs exploring these issues: ‘Voices from the Borderland’ (2010) and ‘A Theology of Community Organizing’ (2014). and @ChrisShannahan

Robert Beckford - Co-Investigator

Professor Robert Beckford is Professor of Climate and Social Justice at the University of Winchester, and Professor of Black Theology at the Centre for Black Theology at the Queen's Foundation. 

Robert is the pioneer of black liberation theology in the UK. With particular research interests in African and African Caribbean history, religion and popular culture, Robert interrogates the intersection(s) of social history, religious experience and cultural politics.

Church Action on Poverty - Project Partner

Church Action Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK.  The charity works in partnership with churches and with people in poverty themselves to find solutions to poverty locally, nationally and globally.