Dr Stefan Skrimshire

Dr Stefan Skrimshire


Previous posts: Lincoln Theological Institute at The University of Manchester, Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) at the University of Leeds.

My work bridges Christian political theology and continental philosophy, and is usually in dialogue with the environmental humanities. I'm interested in how Christian thought continues to shape and inform political life, particularly in relation to climate change activism. My research projects all relate to the religious, ethical and philosophical responses to mass extinction, climate emergency, the Anthropocene epoch.

Research interests

Funded research projects (current):

  • Thinking Through Extinction: cultural heritage as stimulus for exploring philosophies of extinction (AHRC Large Grant, PI, 2018-2021) - working with Manchester Museum, writers and artists to explore public engagement with the imagination of extinction.
  • Religion and Extinction Network (AHRC Network, PI, 2018-2020) - the first academic network of scholars examining religious traditions and indigenous spiritualties' responses to the "sixth mass extinction"; working with Encounter Arts to engage publics with the question of faith and extinction.
  • Imagining and Representing Species Extinctions (White Rose doctoral network, lead researcher, 2017-2020) - involving 3 students and 6 academic across Leeds, York, Sheffield, and crossing disciplines of philosophy and theology, English literature, design, management, and marine biology.

Keen to supervise the following areas:

  • Political theology
  • Ecotheology
  • Continental philosophy of religion
  • Religion and critical / cultural theory
  • Religion and environmental humanities / environmental ethics
  • Jewish and Christian apocalyptic belief
  • Christianity and political protest
  • Literature and theology
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BA (Durham)
  • MA (Manchester)
  • PhD (Manchester)

Student education

I provide teaching in both TRS (with a focus on religion and politics, political theology, religion and public life) and Philosophy (existentialism and phenomenology, continental philosophy, occasionally ethics). I also offer Masters tuition in those areas, and welcome students interested in the points of cross-over!

I am currently supervising the following PhD Students:

  • Cecilia Tricker-Walsh (WRoCAH) – Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction
  • Mike Love – Political Theology of the City
  • Samia Naqvi (with School of English) – Ecology and Sufi malamat in Sadequain's selected works
  • Jodie Salter – religion and climate change
  • Kathryn Gwyther – utopianism in Hebrew scriptures
  • Seung Kim – Korean eschatology

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life
  • Environmental Humanities Research Group
  • Theology and Religious Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>