My main research interests lie at the intersection of Black liberation theology and Practical theology. My scholarly work has focused on developing a Participative model of Black theology that seeks to impact on the consciousness of ordinary Black people, particularly, those living in inner city, poor communities in Britain.

My work research in Black theology has been recognised by international bodies, particularly within the Republic of South Africa, where I am a Professor Extraordinarious with the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Theological ethics. As a Research Fellow with UNISA my more recent publications were put in for scholarly assessment in the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), which is the equivalent of the UK REF. My research output has been assessed as ‘A Rating’, which means that I am identified as a ‘Leading International Researcher’. I am the first Black scholar in theology and religious studies to be given this rating in the history of the NRF in South Africa.

I have been the editor of Black Theology: An International Journal (published three times a year by Taylor and Francis) since March 2002.

I was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire in a family of Caribbean migrants, who were part of the Windrush Generation. My undergraduate and postgraduate studies were undertaken at the University of Birmingham, first in Church History (BA Hons, 1987) and later with a PhD in Education (with Theology), in 2000.

My role in College

Within the College I direct the Centre for Religion and Culture that is an interdisciplinary, postgraduate centre that is comprised of a number of Research Fellows and Associates. My role is to co-ordinate the activities of the Centre, organising conferences and seminars, plus supporting colleagues in the development of their scholarship.

I also supervise research students at Masters and Doctoral levels within the University of Oxford.


As a member of the University of Oxford’s Black and Minority Ethnicity Staff Network I was invited to be a member of the University’s Race Equality Task Force which was established in November 2020.

About me

I enjoy listening to Jazz, watching classic 1940s Hollywood film noir and sipping fine malt whisky.

Selected Quote

““The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”” Dr Martin Luther King Jr
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