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Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Fran Porter

BA (London School of Theology), MSc (University of Ulster), PhD (University of Ulster)

Fran is a UK-based researcher, writer and teacher and has conducted or contributed to projects for the University of Ulster, the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland, the Irish School of Ecumenics, Queen’s University Belfast, the Irish Peace Centres, Coventry University, and the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. Much of this work has been interdisciplinary in nature, exploring faith in the contexts of gender power relations, social diversity and sectarian conflict. She describes her research work, which often involves an empirical component, as socially engaged theology, exploring the church’s mission and relationship to wider society. 


‘The Who, What and How of Remembering God: A Response to Brian Haymes and Kyle Gingerich Hiebert, “Misremembering God”’, in Anabaptism Today, (forthcoming 2020).

Researching Female Faith: Qualitative Research Methods, edited with Nicola Slee and Anne Phillips (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018).

'"Sometimes you need a question": Structure and Flexibility in Feminist Interviewing' in Nicole Slee, Fran Porter and Anne Phillips (eds), Researching Female Faith: Qualitative Research Methods (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018), pp. 83-97.

'Gender Relations in the New Testament: A Feminist Anabaptist Reading', in Baptistic Theologies, 9 no. 1 (2017): 33-48.

Women and Men after Christendom: The Dis-Ordering of Gender Relationships (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2015).

The Faith Lives of Women and Girls: Qualitative Research Perspectives, edited with Nicola Slee and Anne Phillips (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).

‘The “In-the-Middle” God: Women, Community Conflict and Power in Northern Ireland’ in Nicola Slee, Fran Porter and Anne Phillips (eds), The Faith Lives of Women and Girls: Qualitative Research Perspectives, (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) pp. 91–101.

‘Restoring Original Settings: Other as Christian Norm?’ in Being the Other: Transactions from a Theological Conference, Experiential Learning Paper No. 6, (Belfast: Irish Peace Centres, 2011) pp. 32–40.

‘Thinking About Ourselves: Christian Theology and Rights Discourse in Northern Ireland’ in David Tombs (ed) Rights and Righteousness: Perspectives on Religious Pluralism and Human Rights, (Belfast: NIHRC, 2010) pp. 55–60.

‘Review Essay: Studying Faith, Practising Peace’ in Faith and Positive Relations: Studying Faith, Practising Peace, Experiential Learning Paper No. 4, (Belfast: Irish Peace Centres, 2010) pp. 84–91.

‘From Divided to Diverse Society: Reflections on Sectarianism and Social Diversity from the Churches Sector’, in Shared Space No 7 (2009): 5–19.

Faith in a Plural Society: The Values, Attitudes and Practices of Churches in Protecting Minority Participation (Belfast: CCCI, 2008).

It Will Not Be Taken Away from Her: A Feminist Engagement with Women’s Christian Experience (London: DLT, 2004).

Changing Women, Changing Worlds: Evangelical Women in Church, Community and Politics (Belfast: Blackstaff, 2002)