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What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

Events and Outputs
> NEW! Robots vs Loneliness?
> NEW! Focus Groups
> Conference: Care and Machines
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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.



Politics / Philosophy / Sociology

Adam, B. 1998 Timescapes of Modernity: Environment and Invisible Hazards (London: Routledge).

Adam, B., Beck, U. and Van Loon, J. 2000. The Risk Society and Beyond (London: SAGE).

Adam, B. and Groves, C. 2007. Future Matters: Action, Knowledge, Ethics (Leiden; Boston: Brill).

Attfield, R. 1999.  Ethics of the Global Environment (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

Beck, U. 1999 World Risk Society (London: Polity Press).

Beck, U. 1995. Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk (Cambridge: Polity Press).

Braun, B. and Castree, N. 2001 (eds) Social Nature: Theory, Practice and Politics (Oxford: Blackwell).

Dryzek, J. S. 1997. The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Gladwell, Malcolm, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (London: Abacus, 2000).

Hoffman, Susanna M. and Anthony Oliver-Smith (eds), Catastrophe and Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster, (Santa Fe: School of American Research Press Advanced Seminar Series, 2002).

Homer-Dixon, T. 2006. The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilisation  (London: Souvenir Press).

Isham, J. and Waage, S. (eds). 2007. Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement (London: Island Press).

Jonas, H. 1984/1976. The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age (Chicago; London: Chicago University Press).

Levene, M. and Cromwell, D. 2007. Surviving Climate Change: The Struggle to Avert Global Catastrophe (London: Pluto Press).

Marshall, G. 2007. Carbon Detox (London: Gaia Books).

Monbiot, G. 2006. Heat: How We can Stop the Planet Burning (London: Penguin).

Moser, S. C. and Dilling, S. 2007. Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Mythen, G. and Walklate, S. 2006. Beyond the Risk Society: Critical Reflections on Risk and Human Security (Maiden Head: Open University Press, 2006).

Stern, N. 2007. The Economics of climate Change: The Stern Review (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). 

Sunstein, Cass R. 2005. Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).


Clifford, Paula. 2007. 'All creation groaning': A theological approach to climate change and development (Christian Aid).

McFague, S. 2008. A New Climate for Theology: God, the World and Global Warming. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press).

Northcott, M. 2007. A Moral Climate: the ethics of global warming (London: Darton, Longman and Todd).

Scott, P. 2003. A Political Theology of Nature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Spencer, N. and White, R. 2007. Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living (London: SPCK). 


Gender / Eco-Feminism

Resurrection, Bernadette P. and Rebecca Elmhirst, 2008. Gender and Natural Resource Management: Livelihoods, Mobiliy and Intervention (London: Earthscan)

Masika, R. (ed) 2008. Gender, Development and Climate Change and Development (Oxfam Publishing)

McFague, S. 1993. The Body of God: An Ecological Theology.

Mellor, Mary. 1992. Breaking the Boundaries: Towards a Feminist, Green Socialism (London: Virago Press).

Ecology / Science

Lovelock, J. 2006. The Revenge of Gaia (London: Penguin).

Lynas, M. 2007. Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (London: Fourth Estate).

Pearce, F. 2007. With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change (Boston: Beacon Press).

Weisman, A. 2007. The World Without Us (London: Virgin Books).


Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable: 2007. (United Nations Foundation / The Scientific Research Society).

The Physical Science Basis, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2007. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Secure Energy?  Civil Nuclear Power, Security and Global Warming, Frank Barnaby, James Kemp, Paul Rogers (eds), Oxford Research Group (ORG). Briefing Paper, March 2007

Warm Words: How are we telling the climate story and can we tell it better? Gill Ereaut and Nat Segnit, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), August 2006

Warm Words II: How the climate story is evolving and the lessons we can learn for encouraging public action
Gill Ereaut and Nat Segnit, IPPR 2006.


McCarthy, C. 2007. The Road (Picador).