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Professor David Horrell

Public engagement

Work with schools

  • I have delivered two teacher training conferences (Exeter and London) on the way biblical texts shape Christian approaches to the environment
  • In 2012-2013, I gave presentations to sixth-form students at four Academy Conferences on the uses of the Bible in environmental ethics
  • As part of the 'Beyond Stewardship?' project, I have developed web-based curriculum resources for use with Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils in schools (see

Work with charities

  • David has presented and discussed findings from the 'Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics' research project at a public conference organised by Eco-Congregation Ireland.

Contribution to discipline

Grants awarded

  • "Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics", with Francesca Stavrakopoulou. £196,333 + c. £45,000 PhD studentship, AHRC, 2006-2009.
  • "Texts of Land, Sea and Hope", with Mike Higton and Christopher Southgate. £67,656, SWMTC, 2006-2009.
  • "Beyond Stewardship? Biblical Texts and Environmental Ethics. A Pilot Study Resourcing Teachers in the South West Region". £27,768 + £2,135 for additional two-month extension to the project, St Luke’s College Foundation, 2011-2012.

Visiting fellowships

  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship Resumption, Germany, July-Aug 2010
  • Catholic University of Leuven, July-Aug 2012

Conferences/symposia organised

  • "After the First Urban Christians", with Todd Still (Baylor). 2008, funded by Baylor University, USA.
  • Member of the steering committee of the SBL Pauline Epistles section, 2006-12
  • Co-chair of the SNTS NT Ethics seminar, 2010-12
  • Member of the steering committee of the SBL Ecological Hermeneutics group

Editorial positions

  • New Testament Studies Journal for the Study of the New Testament (editorial board 1998-2013; Editor 2002-2007)
  • Theology (editorial board)
  • Colloquium (editorial board)

Advisory positions

  • Member of a working group which comprises part of the follow-on phase of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment



For one discussion piece related to my work on the Bible and the Environment, see