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Andrew Shepherd 2020 imageSenior Lecturer – Theology and Public Issues
BA(VUW), BD(Melbourne College of Divinity), PhD(Otago)

Wellington Anglican Centre / Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Mob +64 27 602 3500

Dr Andrew Shepherd is a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Public Issues. His working life has alternated between academic teaching roles and leadership responsibilities in Christian and non-profit organisations. After his initial degree in English Literature and History he completed post-graduate studies in theology. His doctoral thesis offered a theological ethic of hospitality in conversation with French philosophers, Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida.


  • CHTH224 Theology and the Environment
  • CHTH324 Theology and the Environment (Advanced)
  • CHTH231 Christianity, War and Violence
  • CHTH331 Christianity, War and Violence (Advanced)
  • CHTH320 Public Theology and Social Justice
  • CHTH420 Public Theology and Social Justice (Advanced)

Preferred areas of supervision

I am available to supervise in any of the areas listed under Main research interests below and open to considering supervising or co-supervising any research project around the broad areas of Christian social ethics, ecological theology, and/or political theology.

Main research interests

  • Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics
  • The Ethics and Practice of Hospitality
  • Theology and Phenomenology
  • Theology and Economics
  • Peace Theology
  • Contemporary theologies of social transformation – including social movements and neo-monasticism

Current postgraduate students

  • Emma Gray (PhD) The formative relationship between the Eucharist and other practices of hospitality via Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice


Shepherd, A. (2024). Justice and joy. In J. Goroncy (Ed.), T&T Clark handbook of the doctrine of creation. (pp. 422-434). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. Chapter in Book - Research

Beck, J.,Te Moni, W., and Shepherd, A. (2023). Haerenga Tuarua: Part 1: Finding our place. Ngā Here: The Many Connections. Retrieved from [Podcast]. Other Research Output

Shepherd, A. (2023). Comparisons with AI raise questions about the uniqueness of our brains. Otago Daily Times, (21 July). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Shepherd, A. (2023). Cyclone Gabrielle will have been apocalyptic if it inspires change. Stuff, (22 February). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Shepherd, A. (2022). Humanity's best friend? An ethical reflection on robotic dogs and the militarisiation of creatures. Proceedings of the Conference on Science and Christianity (COSAC): Christian Living in a Techno-Scientific World. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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