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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. (2022). Living faithfully in a neoliberal age? From market rationality to neo-monasticism. In J. Byassee, J. Kidwell, J. Wilson-Hartgrove & L. Wilson-Hartgrove (Eds.), Kingdom come: Reflections in honor of Jonathan R. Wilson. (pp. 58-70). Wipf & Stock.

Shepherd, A. (2022). Te ao Māori, faith offer ways to reshape our ideas of tourism. Otago Daily Times, (15 July). Retrieved from

Shepherd, A. (2021). Apocalyptic visions and anthems of hope: Climate change communication and future possibilities. International Journal of Public Theology, 15, 463-483. doi: 10.1163/15697320-01540014

Shepherd, A. (2021). Cultural and faith narratives can help commission find answers. Otago Daily Times, (16 April). Retrieved from

Shepherd, A. (2021). Freedom of choice does not exist in isolation: We are responsible for others too. Stuff, (10 November). Retrieved from

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