Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


The School of Theology has a robust research culture; lively, resourceful, inquisitive and academically rigorous. While it has recognized research strengths in biblical studies and public theology, there are specialists available in systematic theology, church history, practical theology and liturgical studies. In addition, the collections, facilities and services in the various libraries of the School are designed to support researchers.

The university places great emphasis on faculty research and the contributions of research students in the research higher degree programs. Research students are supported in a range of ways, with benefits offered to qualified students who are full-time or part-time (see Scholarships and Help with Costs).

Our Researchers:

Old Testament Studies

Dr Matthew Anstey, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide

Dr Jione Havea, Senior Lecturer, North Parramatta

Dr Jeanette Matthews, Canberra

New Testament Studies

Dr Jeff Aernie, North Parramatta

Dr Greg Jenks, Senior Lecturer, Brisbane

Assoc Prof David Neville, Canberra

Church History/Religion and Society

Assoc Prof William Emilsen, North Parramatta

Prof Tom Frame, Canberra

Dr Michael Gladwin, Canberra

Liturgical Studies

Assoc Prof Gerard Moore, North Parramatta
Dr Peter Pocock, Senior Lecturer, Canberra

Practical Theology

Dr Matthew Brain, Canberra

Dr Geoff Broughton, Canberra

Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay, Canberra

Public Theology

Assoc Prof Clive Pearson, North Parramatta

Prof Tom Frame, Canberra

Systematic Theology

Dr Geoff Broughton, Canberra

Assoc Prof Gerard Moore, North Parramatta

Dr Ben Myers, North Parramatta

Dr Steven Ogden, Brisbane

Dr Peter Pocock, Senior Lecturer, Canberra

Assoc Prof Clive Pearson, North Parramatta

Dr Heather Thomson, Senior Lecturer, Canberra

Dr Phillip Tolliday, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide

For other areas of interest contact Dr Peter Pocock (02.6272.6260 or

Our Research Fellows:

Prof Dean Drayton, North Parramatta

Prof Thorwald Lorenzen, Canberra

Prof John Painter, Canberra, Canberra

Our Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Ruth Sheridan, North Parramatta

Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT)

The School of Theology’s research is coordinated with the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre. The Centre is devoted specifically to the analysis of the public expression of Christian faith and the implications of Christian faith for society as a whole. In Australia this includes effects upon issues of the environment and the dispossession of the lands of the indigenous peoples, together with the ongoing process of reconciliation.

Who do I talk to?

Your first port of call should be the websites for the research degrees we offer. This gives you a chance to see whether there is a program that suits your needs, and also test whether you have the appropriate background to enter the program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Theology (Honours)

Doctor of Ministry

Next, make your intentions and plans known to Dr Peter Pocock (02.6272.6260 or, he is the principal contact for research programs in the School, and will put you in touch with the best person to help you pursue your research interests.


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