Dr Timothy Howles

Junior Research Fellow in Political Theology and Associate Director of Laudato Si' Research Institute


Tim completed his doctorate in 2018 at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Graham Ward. His thesis examined the concept of the Anthropocene as it has been explored within recent continental philosophy and religion. His research interests lie at the intersection of politics and theology, with a focus on Earth System Science. He provides teaching in the Faculty of Theology & Religion and in the School of Geography & the Environment at the University of Oxford, and has contributed to a transdisciplinary project exploring the role of environmental social sciences and humanities in the UK higher education sector.

Tim is also Associate Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, a wide-ranging role including support for research programming, 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. His 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!