Dr Christopher Greenough

Name: Dr Chris Greenough
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Religion
Email: greenouc@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


Dr Chris Greenough is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion. Chris’s teaching and research focus on gender, sexuality, identity and queer studies in religion. He works with postgraduate researchers and teaches on the following undergraduate courses:

BA Religion

BA Education and Religion

BA Secondary Religious Education with QTS

Prior to joining Edge Hill, Chris had extensive experience in secondary education and senior leadership. He completed his masters’ level and doctoral studies on a part-time basis while working full time.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University, 2019.
  • PhD Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, 2016.
  • MA Theology, Liverpool Hope University, 2011.
  • PGCE, Edge Hill University, 2003.
  • BA (HONS) Modern Languages, University of Liverpool, 2002.

Interests & Achievements:

Chris’s research interests include the use life stories and personal experiences as a source for theology. His main area of research is the role of religion in relation to identity, especially how religious identities interface with gender and sexuality. He is also interested in visual and digital methods when conducting ethnographic research.

  • Personal Tutor of the Year Award, 2019.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Editor – Sheffield Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (JIBS).
  • External Member – Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS).
  • External Member – Shiloh Project (University of Sheffield)

Member – Society of the Study of Theology; International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG).


  • Sociology of religion
  • Ethnography
  • Life story/narrative research
  • Religious identities
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Queer theory / queer theologies / queer biblical studies
  • Interdisciplinary and non-traditional approaches/methods
  • Ethics

Chris welcomes applications from prospective MRes and PhD students in these areas.

Published work:

• Greenough, C. (2018) Undoing Theology: Life Stories from Non-normative Christians. London: SCM Press.
• Greenough, C. (2019) Queer Theologies: The Basics (London: Routledge)

Peer-reviewed journal articles:
• Greenough, C. (2017) ‘Queering Fieldwork in Religion: Exploring Life Stories with Non-normative Christians Online’ Fieldwork in Religion, 12(1), pp.8-26.
• Greenough, C. (2018) ‘Visual Intimacies: Faith, Sexuality and Photography’ Sexuality and Culture, 22(4), pp.1516-1526.
• Greenough, C. (2019) ‘“Queer Eye” in Theology and Biblical Studies: “Do you have to be queer to do this?”’ Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, 1(1), pp.26-41.
• Greenough, C. (2020) ‘Theological Talk in a Salsa Bar on Wigan Pier.’ Feminist Theology.
• Greenough, C. (2020) ‘Activism in Queer Biblical Studies: Methods, Classroom and Community’. Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.

Book Chapters:
• Greenough, C. and Edward, M. (2019) ‘Queer Literacy: Visibility, Representation, and LGBT+ Research Ethics’ in Iphofen, R. (ed.) Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (New York: Springer). pp 1-12.
• Greenough, C. and Kane, N. (2020) ‘“Blessed is the Fruit”: Drag Performance, Birthing and Religious Identity’ in Edward, M and Farrier, S. (eds.) Contemporary Drag Practices and Performers (London: Bloomsbury), pp.189-205.
• Greenough, C. (2020) ‘Ambiguities, Authenticity and Actualisation: Life Story Research with a Bisexual Christian’ in Toft, A. and Yip, A.K.T. (eds.) Bisexuality, Spirituality, Identity (London: Routledge).

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise


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