I have a BA in History & Politics (Hull), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Liverpool), a MLitt in Philosophy of Religion (Lancaster), a PhD in Catholic Philosophy of Education (London) plus a Diploma in the Philosophy and History of Education (London) and a Diploma in Theology (Liverpool) and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I supervise doctoral research in Catholic Studies and in Christian education. My special areas of academic interest include Christian higher education, the interconnections between theology, philosophy, and education, and the match between purposes of, contexts for and approaches to Christian education. My research interests also include the religious thought of Maurice Blondel, developments in the Catholic intellectual tradition, especially the unfinished project of modernism and the place of religious conviction and speech in the public square. What links these broad areas is an enduring engagement with key issues in the communication and reception of Christian faith.
My latest book, Communicating Faith, was published in 2011 by Catholic University of America Press and one I have co-edited, Education in a Catholic Perspective, is to be published by Ashgate in 2013. Prior to this I have had several books published and more than 75 chapters and articles (in the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia and Europe) on religion and education.
My next major writing project is a monograph on Scholarship, Standards & Spirituality: Intellectual Discipleship in the 21st Century.
I am a member of the editorial team for International Studies in Catholic Education (Routledge), an editorial adviser for Journal of Religious Education, a consultant for Liverpool Hope University's Centre for Christian Education and a member of the Advisory Board for the Irish Centre for Religious Education.