Chrissie Thwaites


I joined the University of Leeds in October 2020 as a PhD student, funded by the AHRC through a White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) scholarship. Prior to this, I completed my BA and MA degrees at the University of Exeter.

My research is very interdisciplinary, crossing the boundaries of humanities and social sciences, and I’m broadly interested in topics relating to inequality and personal fulfilment. I’m committed to conducting impactful research which is grounded in lived realities and strives to bring about social change. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and am always looking for opportunities to communicate my work to the wider public.

Research interests

My research interests are wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary, including:

  • sociology of religion 
  • gender, gender equality, and gender-based violence 
  • trauma and abuse
  • wellbeing and mental health
  • qualitative research methods 

During my Master’s degree, I focused on interactions between contemporary religion and topical social issues including the welfare state and mental health. At undergraduate level, I specialised in Ancient Near Eastern and Roman religions, civilisations, and history.


  • MA Theology and Religion (University of Exeter)
  • BA Theology with Ancient History (University of Exeter)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life