Having completed his BTh at Westminster College, Oxford, Richard was awarded AHRC scholarships for Masters and PhD studies which he took at the University of Birmingham. His doctoral research, ‘Looking for the living among the dead (letters): Textual transmission within first and second century Christianity’ was jointly supervised by Profs. Mark Goodacre and David Parker. Post-doctoral work included working at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE) at the University of Birmingham and as Content Specialist for the British Library on the ‘Turning Pages’, Codex Sinaiticus Project.
Richard has also been the director of the Syneidon Project which he set up in 2007 to explore and develop dialogues between faith communities and academics in relation to the Bible and its use.
Richard’s research interests are:
- Textuality (oral and written) within the early church
- Ecotheologies and the use of the Bible
- Animal and crop exploitation within the biblical and post-biblical tradition
- Communicating biblical research to wider non-specialist audiences and faith communities
Areas of interest include, Jewish and Christian Bible, early Christian literature, ecotheology and religious environmental ethics.
Under the oversight of Prof Docherty, running the Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception. This includes planning, promoting and hosting events such as public seminars and conferences.
Membership of Professional Organisations:
Member – Society of Biblical Literature
Conferences and Other Research Activity
2004: Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meetings, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
2007: Fifth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament University of Birmingham.