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Becky Artinian-Kaiser

Key Details

Job title:
Associate Director (2019-2022)

The founding Associate Director of the LSRI, Becky was central to establishing and developing the Institute, working with the Director to design and execute the LSRI's plan for strategic growth during the first years of the Institute from 2019 to 2022. In her varied role, she had oversight of programming, operations, finance, communications, grants, HR, monitoring and evaluation, and network development. She supported the growth of the Institute’s expanding partnerships and laid the foundations for the ongoing development of the Global Integral Ecology Research Network (GIERN).

Originally from New Zealand, Becky grew up on the west coast of the USA. In the peripatetic manner of an academic, her studies took her around the USA, to Scotland, Germany, and now England. Questions at the intersections of academic disciplines and between theory and practice on environmental issues lie at the heart of her academic work, and they featured prominently in the background of her leadership of the new Institute.

Having now returned to live and work in the US, Becky lives with her husband and daughter and enjoys tennis, countryside walks, gardening, and visiting historical sites. 

  • Education

    PhD, Theological and Environmental Ethics, University of Chester
    MTh by Research, Ecological Ethics, University of Edinburgh
    MTS, Duke Divinity School
    BA, Sociology, George Fox University

  • Research Interests

    Becky's main research interests lie at the intersections of theological ethics and environmental ethics. Her dissertation (2015) entitled "The Resurrection and the Restoration of Nature: Towards a Theological Framework for Christian Environmental Action through Ecological Restoration" aims to construct a theological and ethical framework for the ecological practice of restoring degraded ecosystems. She asks how Christians might respond to the realities of degradation through ecological restoration in ways that reflect their core belief in the redemptive purposes of God in Christ for creation.

  • Selected Publications

    Artinian-Kaiser, Rebecca. "Restoration and Transformation: A Theological Engagement with Ecological Restoration." In Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser, 167–77. London: T&T Clark, 2018.

    Artinian-Kaiser, Rebecca, and Cherice Bock. "'Do What You Do in the Wisdom of God' Theological Resources for Quaker Ecological Action in the Writings of George Fox." In Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability, edited by Cherice Bock and Stephen Potthoff, 2-10. Volume 6: Quakers and the Disciplines. Philadelphia: Friends Association for Higher Education, 2019.