Regent's Park is a vibrant research community, with academics making regular and important contributions to their fields. In these pages, you will find information about the range of exciting academic projects being undertaken in the College, including through the work of its research centres.
Topics of research range widely across the Arts and Humanities, with recent books published on wisdom in the Hebrew Bible, the use of Classical literature by the poet E. E. Cummings, a literary history of the Anglo-Saxon World, the life and work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Muslim-Christian Dialogue, a seventeenth-century Baptist writer and merchant William Kiffin, theology and sport, and gender in Philosophy of Religion. Academics also regularly contribute to scholarly journals, and a number have been submitted by faculties and departments of the University for assessment in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Regent’s Park has a particularly strong track record in inter-disciplinary research, fostered by the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture (formerly the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture) which has up to ten Research Associates at any one time; and Nonconformist studies, through its Centre for Baptist Studies (formerly the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage), which has its own Research Associates, as well as publishing under its own imprint (7 books in 2017 and a backlist of some 30 volumes). A significant research venture of recent years, involving a number of Regent’s staff together with scholars from other major research universities, has been the inter-faith project for the Study of Love in Religion, which supports a Research Fellowship and has attracted a Templeton Foundation grant.
Research activities in the College are encouraged by the Director of Research, Professor Paul Fiddes, who convenes a termly ‘Research News’ event and Senior Research Seminar. In addition to the research of members of staff, which may be found on their personal profiles, other academics with an affiliation to the College through the Senior Common Room are also research active, and details of their work may be found in the list below.