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Timothy Howles

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Associate Director

Tim supports the work of the Institute through the development and management of research programming, including new research grants, the visitor and affiliate programme, and academic events.

Tim grew up in Birmingham and remains a committed supporter of West Bromwich Albion football club. He now lives in Oxford with his wife and two children. He is also an ordained Anglican priest and continues to engage in ministry in his local church.

Tim’s only claim to fame is that he was a contestant on the television programme “University Challenge” when he was as student. He refuses to say how many questions he got right!

  • Education

    DPhil, Theology, University of Oxford
    MSt, Theology, University of Oxford
    BA, Theology, University of Oxford
    MSc, International History, London School of Economics
    MA (Cantab), English Literature, University of Cambridge

  • Research Interests

    Tim’s research lies at the intersection of politics and theology. He has a longstanding interest in Continental European philosophy and its contribution to our understanding of the current planetary crisis. His recent work focuses on what Earth System Science can offer to the disciplines of theology and philosophy.

    Tim is also a Junior Research Fellow in Political Theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford.

  • Selected Publications

    Howles, Timothy. The Political Theology of Bruno Latour: Globalization, Secularization and the Environmental Crisis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022 (forthcoming).

    Howles, Timothy, et al. COVID-19: Environment, Justice and the Future. Cambridge: Grove Publications, 2020.

    Howles, Timothy. “La religion comme un élément structurel du système philosophique de Bruno Latour.” in Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 22.2, 27-42, 2019.

    Howles, Timothy, et al, “Creating an Ecological Citizenship: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on the Role of Contemporary Environmental Education.” In The Heythrop Journal 60.2, 997-1008, 2018.