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Our people in the Centre for Theology and Public Issues

David Tombs - Director

Photo of David TombsDavid Tombs took up the Director role at the Centre and the Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues in January 2015. He is looking forward to working with Otago colleagues, and the wider CTPI community, in this unique and exciting role. Previously David was a Lecturer in Theology at the University of Roehampton London (1992-2001), with a research interest in liberation and contextual theologies. From 2001-2014 he lived and worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation for the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, based in Belfast.

Find out more about David’s teaching and research.  

Click this link to listen to David's inaugural lecture.

Email: Phone: 03 479 8450

Derek Woodard-Lehman - Lecturer

Derek Woodard-LehmanDerek Woodard-Lehman studied theology, philosophy, ethics, and politics at Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has taught at Princeton University and the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia. He has been a fellow of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the Louisville Institute. And he published over a dozen articles and chapters.

Find out more about Derek's teaching and research.  

Click this link to read Derek's inaugural lecture.

Derek is based at St John's in the City Presbyterian Church, Wellington
Email: Phone: 04 385 7400

Emily Bisset - Administrative Assistant

Photo of Emily BissetRoom 4C10, Arts Building

Telephone: 03 479 8516


Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

CTPI Research Affiliates 2017-2019

Dr Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko

Photo of Mercy Ah Siu-MalikoMercy works as a Harold Turner Research Fellow at the Centre of Theology and Public Issues, on Christian Faith and Domestic Violence in Samoa and Samoan Communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Mercy has worked in Samoa as a lecturer in theology and sociology, as well as being a Christian Educator in the Methodist Church in Samoa. She worked in Fiji for the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools, where she was coordinator of Weavers, an advocacy programme designed to promote theological education for women across the Pacific region. Mercy completed her PhD in theology at the University of Otago in 2015.

Find out more about Mercy and her research

Dr Alistair Reese

Research Project: Reconciliation and Treaty Issues in Aotearoa

Dr Andrew Shepherd

Research Project: Creation and Hope
                             Face to Face Encounters: Theological and Ethical Reflections

CTPI Advisory Board

Professor Jonathan Boston (Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington)

Glyn Carpenter (Director, New Zealand Christian Network)

Dr Greg Coyle (Principal Adviser, National Social Programmes, Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji & Tonga Territory)

Professor Elaine Graham (Grosvenor Research Professor, University of Chester, UK)

Professor Gareth Jones (University of Otago Bioethics Centre)

Rev Dr Peter Matheson (Emeritus Professor, Knox Theological College, Dunedin)

Rev Professor Murray Rae (Professor of Theology, Department of Theology & Religion, University of Otago)

Rt Rev Dr Graham Redding (Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership, Dunedin; former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa-New Zealand)

Rev Professor Will Storrar (Director, Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton University, USA)

Rev Professor Paul Trebilco (Department of Theology & Religion, University of Otago