Fellow of Campion Hall
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 continue to feature prominently in the background of her leadership of the Institute.
As Associate Director, Becky works with the Director to design and execute the LSRI's plan for strategic growth. In her varied role, she has management oversight of programming, operations, finance, communications, grants, personnel, monitoring and evaluation, and network development. She supports the growth of the Institute's expanding partnerships and is the Executive Director of the new Global Laudato Si' Research Network. Becky has a particular expertise in the development of new research enterprises, centres, and institutes and enjoys consulting in this under-resourced area of research development.
She lives near Oxford with her husband and daughter and enjoys tennis, countryside walks, gardening, and visiting historical sites – activities which can all be pursued with heightened fervour in the English context.
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
Her 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.
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.