Senior Research Fellow and Director of Laudato Si' Research Institute
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Celia Deane-Drummond was awarded a BA (Hons.)/MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, part II Botany. She gained a doctorate in plant physiology from Reading University, specialising in agricultural botany. She then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. While in Canada her interest in theology developed and she gained a postgraduate diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College. After leaving Canada she took up another postdoctoral fellowship in the biophysics group of the Botany department at Cambridge University, prior to a lectureship in the Botany department at Durham University. She then left her academic career in science and gained a BA (Hons) in Theology through CNAA at Trinity College, Bristol, followed by a doctorate in systematic theology at Manchester University, specialising in relating ecology to theology. This was followed by a PGCE in Religious Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first academic position in theology was at Chester University in 1994 where she subsequently founded and was director of the Centre for Religion and the Biosciences.

From 2011-2018 she was Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment (EFSRE) which she helped found in 2006. In 2011 she joined the Faculty of Theology at the University of Notre Dame as full Professor in Theology and in 2015 became inaugural director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. She became Visiting Professor in Theology and Science at Durham University in 2012.

Her research specialism includes work at the interface of theology and ethics with the biological and social sciences, including more recently projects with evolutionary anthropologists. She is currently Affiliate Faculty member of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Oxford University.



Theological Ethics Through a Multispecies Lens: The Evolution of Wisdom Volume 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology: Dialogues in Wisdom, Humility and Grace (joint editor with Agustín Fuentes) (London: Routledge)


Recent book publications:

On Care for Our Common Home: Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines. Editor, with Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser. Religion and the University Series, eds. Oliver Crisp, Gavin D’Costa, Mervyn Davies, and Peter Hampson. London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

The Evolution of Human Wisdom. Editor, with Agustín Fuentes. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2017.  

Religion in the Anthropocene. Editor, with Sigurd Bergmann and Markus Vogt. Eugene/ORE: Wipf and Stock, 2017. 

Ecology in Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology, 2nd edition, paperback, Eugene/ORE: Wipf and Stock, 2016. (Originally published in hardback by Ewin Mellen Press, 1997)

Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives. Contributing editor with Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons. Edited by Ernst Conradie, Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond, and Denis Edwards. London: T & T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2014.

The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.

Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives. Editor, with David Clough and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2013.

Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere. Editor, with Heinrich Bedford Strohm. London: Continuum, 2011.