Elaine Graham

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Elaine Graham
Occupation Academic
Employer University of Chester[1]
Title Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology [2]
Religion Christian [3]
Denomination <Anglican>

Elaine L. Graham is the Grosvenor Research Professor at the University of Chester. She was until October 2009 the Samuel Ferguson Professor of Social and Pastoral Theology at the University of Manchester.[2][1] In March 2014, she was installed as Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral.


Elaine Graham holds a BSc (Social Science) (Hons) in Sociology and Economic and Social History (1980) from the University of Bristol, a MA in Social and Pastoral Theology from the University of Manchester (1988) and a PhD entitled "The Implications of Theories of Gender for Christian Pastoral Practice and Theological Formulation" (1993), also from Manchester.


After working as the Northern Regional Secretary of the Student Christian Movement (1981–84) and four years as ecumenical lay chaplain at Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University), Elaine Graham joined the University of Manchester in 1988 as a lecturer in Social and Pastoral Theology. She was appointed to the position of Samuel Ferguson Professor of Social and Pastoral Theology, succeeding Ronald Preston (1970–81) and Tony Dyson (1981–98) in June 1998. She later held the position of Head of the School of Religions and Theology & Middle Eastern Studies from 2000 to 2004.

Elaine Graham was the President of the International Academy of Practical Theology from 2005 to 2007 and was a member of the Archbishops' Commission on Urban Life and Faith, which published the report Faithful Cities: A call for celebration, vision and justice (Methodist Publishing House, 2006).[2][4]

In 2009 she moved to the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester as Grosvenor Research Professor in Practical Theology. In 2014 she was installed as the Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral in a lay capacity.

She has been described as 'the dean of British practical theology' and one of the world's leading figures in practical and public theology.

Published work[edit]

This is a list of books that Graham has published or edited. In addition, she has also written a number of articles in edited volumes and academic journals.

  • Co editor with Margaret Halsey of Life-Cycles: Women and Pastoral Care (SPCK, 1993); ISBN 0-281-04688-3
  • Author of Making the Difference: Gender, Personhood and Theology (Mowbray, 1995) ISBN 0-264-67346-8
  • Author of Transforming Practice: Pastoral Theology in an Age of Uncertainty (1996: 2nd edition, Wipf and Stock, 2002) ISBN 1-57910-922-5
  • Author of Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture (Manchester University Press, 2002) ISBN 0-7190-5442-7
  • Co-Author of Theological Reflection: Methods (SCM, 2005) with Heather Walton and Frances Ward; ISBN 0-334-02976-7.
  • Co-editor of Theological Reflection: Sources (SCM, 2007) with Heather Walton and Frances Ward; ISBN 0-334-02977-5.
  • Co-Author of What Makes a Good City? Public Theology and the Urban Church (DLT 2009) with Stephen Lowe; ISBN 0-232-52748-2.
  • Author of Words Made Flesh: Writings in Pastoral and Practical Theology (SCM, 2009); ISBN 0-334-04194-5.
  • Editor of Grace Jantzen: Redeeming the Present (Ashgate, 2009).
  • Co-editor (with Peter M. Scott and Chris Baker) of Remoralising Britain: Political, Ethical and Theological perspectives on New Labour (London and New York: Continuum, 2009).
  • Author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age. (London: SCM Press, 2013); ISBN978-0-334-04598-4.

Other information[edit]

University of Chester Staff Page: [www.chester.ac.uk/departments/trs/staff/graham] Publications on Chester Repository (open access): [1]


  1. ^ a b "New appointments boost University of Chester's reputation as leading centre for study of religion". Chester Chronicle. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Elaine Graham". University of Chester. n.d. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Who we are". Modern Church. n.d. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Faithful Cities Report". The Church of England:Diocese of Manchester. n.d. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 

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