Jeremy Kidwell

Jeremy Kidwell

Associate Professor in Theological Ethics

University of Birmingham

I am an interdisciplinary scholar, trained in ethics and constructive theology based in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. I give regular talks, workshops, and seminars on topics like climate change, data ethics, and design. I am passionate about building the commons - and am an advocate for open source, open data, and open educational resources.

In my research, I confront the ecological crisis by interrogating the ethical issues that lie at the intersection of “nature” and “culture” ranging from ecological ethics, activist studies, religious conceptions of labour and the philosophy of technology. I work in the mode of a field philosopher allowing an ethnographic and quantitatively generated understanding of grassroots problems and interests to illuminate my constructive ethical reflections.


  • PhD in Theological Ethics, 2013

    University of Edinburgh

  • MA Theology, 2009

    Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)

  • BA in English and BA in Music, 2002

    Seattle Pacific University


Communicating online

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International Affairs Blog, 'Understanding religious environmentalism'

If you’re looking for some post-earth-day reading, just up on the International Affairs blog, an interview I did a few weeks ago on “Understanding religious environmentalism” (which covers some high points from recent journal article in IA)

Mapping Religious Environmental Politics article, just out in IA Journal

Out today in the journal International Affairs, my article on Mapping Religious Environmental Politics.



Keynote, CTA Conference: Living Theology

I’ll be presenting a keynote for an event co-sponsored with the Catholic Theological Association, and as part of the network of Jesuit-sponsored ‘Living Theology’ weekend summer schools that take place across the UK.



Beyond Slow Food and Fast Change: Reconceptualising our Relationship to the Other-than-Human in Time

I’ll be presenting a seminar paper drawing on my most recent sabbatical research.

Extinction and Religion

I’ll be presenting with my collaborator Stephan Skrimshire to the group Faith in Europe on some of the findings from our research project on Religion & Extinction.

Crafting the Commons network meeting

At the network event, several of us shared a stories about commoning and for my contribution I brought a piece of speculative sci-fi in hopes this might open up some of the issues involved in commons work.

Recent Publications

The historical roots of the ecological crisis

In this chapter, I analyse the provenance and legacy of the influential journal article published in Science: “The historical roots of …

Contemplating Extinction

A short piece, in a collection with authors involved in XR, on the complexities of mourning extinction. I suggest that white privileged activists (such as myself) need to emphasise rituals of contemplation and find new conceptions of solidarity.

Mapping the Field of Religious Environmental Politics

I probe the complexities of political engagement with religious environmentalism which arise from the many different organizational iterations these groups may take.