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

Peter Scott - Co-Investigator

Professor Peter Scott is Samuel Ferguson Professor of Applied Theology & Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester.

Peter is a renowned political theologian. His research focuses on political and liberation theologies, theology of nature/doctrine of creation, and theologies and philosophies of technology, and cuts across disciplinary boundaries and draws on political theory and philosophy as well as Christian theological traditions. and @Manctheologian

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.

Stephanie Denning - Life on the Breadline researcher

Dr Stephanie Denning is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. 

Stephanie is a social and cultural geographer whose research focusses on faith responses to poverty, volunteering, and participatory research. Stephanie completed her PhD in Human Geography at the University of Bristol in 2018 on volunteering, faith and holiday hunger. and @SJ_Denning

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.