I am an Associate Professor in the Comparative Study of Religion within the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Arts and Humanities Faculty specializing in Buddhist Studies. Prior to coming to Hope, I was the Executive Secretary for Inter Faith Relations for the Methodist Church in Britain, whilst also teaching within the Graduate Institute of Theology and Religion of the University of Birmingham and, as a Visiting Lecturer, at the University of Lund. Previous to this, I was a Research Fellow at Westminster College, Oxford. I have published in a wide number of areas but have a particular interest in Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist-Christian encounter and Buddhism in Sri Lanka. I am currently President of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies and Moderator of the Inter Faith Theology Advisory Group of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
I have written widely on my research interests. My books include:
What Buddhists Believe (Oneworld, 1998)
Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: religious, missionary and colonial experienced in nineteenth century Sri Lanka (Routledge, 2006)
Buddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Perspective , (Epworth, 2010; republished by SCM, 2012)
As editor: Hope: A Form of Delusion? Buddhist and Christian Perspectives (EOS, 2013)