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Religions in Contemporary Societies (List of Staff and Associates)

Paul Ballard is Emeritus Professor and an expert in the field of Pastoral Theology. His interests include theological reflection and practical theological methodology; the Church and its social setting; ministry, especially in the medical context.

Cathy Cantwell is a Senior Research Fellow collaborating on the Tibetan Longevity Practices project. She is an anthropologist and textual scholar working on Tibetan religion. Her recent works include an electronic text edition of The Rig ’dzin Tshe dbang nor bu Edition of the rNying ma’i rgyud ’bum (with Robert Mayer and Michael Fischer) and an edition and translation of The Kila Nirvana Tantra and the Vajra Wrath Tantra: two texts from the Ancient Tantra Collection (with Robert Mayer), as well as a number of book chapters and refereed journal articles.

Louise Child is a Lecturer in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion. Her research interests are in Tantric Buddhism, the theories of Durkheim and Mauss, altered states of consciousness (including shamanism and possession trance), gender, psychology, and contemporary film. She is also a member of the History of Asian Religions group.

Sophie Gilliat-Ray is a Reader and Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK (ISLAM-UK). She is director of the Muslim Chaplains in the UK project and co-director of the Welsh Muslim Family Identity.

Robert Mayer is a Senior Research Fellow working on the Tibetan Longevity Practices project. He is a Buddhist textual scholar working on Tibetan religion, and is the author of A Scripture of the Ancient Tantra Collection. The Phur-pa bcu-gnyis and as a number of book chapters and refereed journal articles. Other recent works include an electronic text edition of The Rig ’dzin Tshe dbang nor bu Edition of the rNying ma’i rgyud ’bum (with Cathy Cantwell and Michael Fischer) and an edition and translation of The Kila Nirvana Tantra and the Vajra Wrath Tantra (with Cathy Cantwell).

Colin Millard recently completed a PhD in social anthropology on a Tibetan medical school in Western Nepal. He is a full-time researcher on the Tibetan Bon Medicine project.

Santi Rozario was until recently a Senior Lecturer in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and Principal Investigator of the Islam and Young Bangladeshis project. Her primary research focus is on the anthropological study of women in Bangladeshi society.

Geoffrey Samuel is a Professor in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and works on the anthropology and history of religion in Asian societies, particularly Tibet and South Asia, as well as on contemporary Western religion, including Western Buddhism, modern pagan and shamanic movements. Much of his current work concerns health and medical aspects of Tibetan society, including yogic practices for health. He is leader of the Body, Health and Religion sub-group, Principal Investigator on the Tibetan Longevity Practices and Tibetan Bon Medicine project, and co-investigator on the Islam and Young Bangladeshis project. He is also a member of the History of Asian Religions group.

Peter Sedgwick is the Principal of St Michael’s College Llandaff. His research interests include criminal justice, mental health, social ethics, economics and theology, and modern Anglican theology. Recent publications include the books Economic Theory and Christian Belief (with Andrew Britton) and The Future of Criminal Justice (with Christopher Jones).

Peter Stevenson is the current Principal of South Wales Baptist College. His expertise is in Practical Theology. His interests include Christianity is the globalised world and the work of Street Pastors.

Andrew Todd is Director of the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. His research interests are on all forms of Chaplaincy in the contemporary world.

John Weaver is the former Principal of South Wales Baptist College. His research interests include the dialogue between science and faith; environmental theology; theological reflection; film and theology; theology and practice of ministry (especially in a Baptist context). Recent publications include The Place of Environmental Theology: A Guide for Seminaries, Colleges and Universities and Outside in: Theological Reflections on Life.