Dr Celia Deane-Drummond


Celia Deane-Drummond is Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and Senior Research Fellow in theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. She is also honorary visiting Professor in Theology and Science at the University of Durham, UK and was Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame from 2011-2019. She began her career with a degree in natural sciences, from the University of Cambridge followed by a doctorate and postdoctoral and teaching experience in plant physiology. She subsequently studied for a degree and doctorate in theology from the University of Manchester. She was Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment from 2011-2018. She co-editor of the international journal Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, and Trustee of the International Society for Science and Religion. She has published hundreds of scholarly articles and book chapters and either edited or written as single author over twenty scholarly books. Her more recent publications include The Wisdom of the Liminal: Human Nature, Evolution and Other Animals (2014), Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred, ed. with Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski (2015), Ecology in Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology, 2nd edition, (2016), Religion in the Anthropocene, edited with Sigurd Bergmann and Markus Vogt (2017), Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home, edited with Rebecca Artinian Kaiser (2018), Theological Ethics Through a Multispecies Lens: The Evolution of Wisdom Volume I: (2019), Shadow Sophia: The Evolution of Wisdom Volume II (2021). 

Research Area(s): 

Christian and Religious Ethics

Historical and Systematic Theology

Science and Religion

Research Interests:

My research to date has focused on the interface between theology and science, particularly systematic and moral theology informed by contemporary and historical Catholic sources (for example, Thomas Aquinas, Sergius Bulgakov, Hans Urs von Balthasar).  Specific sciences include ecology, anthropology, evolution, animal studies, psychology, genetics. Specific ethical issues include bioethics, environmental ethics, genetics, animal ethics, global development, and transhumanism.

Large scale collaborative research projects (USA) supported by $5 million external grants include evolution of human wisdom; human distinctiveness; being human in an age of humans, developing virtues in the practice of science. 

Present focus for Laudato Si Research Institute (LSRI) is on different research elements relevant for Pope Francis’ call for an ‘integral ecology’, including building credible multidisciplinary hubs of research that are relevant for the pressing ecological and environmental issues of our time.

Present collaborative funded projects include the evolution of gratitude.

Individual research focus is on the evolution of morality and pneumatology.

Research Centres & Projects:

Laudato Si’ Research Institute. 


Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences.



Publications & Research Outputs:

Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, eds., Evolution of Human Wisdom (Lanhan: Lexington, 2017)

Celia Deane-Drummond and Rebecca Artinian Kaiser, eds., Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

Celia Deane-Drummond, Thomas Stapleford and Darcia Narvaez, eds., Virtues and the Practice of Science (CTSHF: Press Books,2019), 


Celia Deane-Drummond, Theological Ethics Through a Multispecies Lens: Evolution of Wisdom Volume I: (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology: Dialogues in Wisdom, Humility and Grace (London: Routledge, 2020).

Celia Deane-Drummond, Shadow Sophia: The Evolution of Wisdom Volume II (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).