Professor Christine King
Christine King was Visiting Professor in WRERU/CES 2017-18. When Professor King CBE DL was appointed Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University in 1995 she became one of the first women Vice Chancellors in the UK. In 2011 she was appointed Vice Chancellor Emeritus at Staffordshire. She has degrees in History and Theology from the University of Birmingham and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She has been awarded a number of Honorary Degrees from UK universities. Professor King’s research is primarily in the field of Theology. Her major work and publications deal with the history of minority Christian religious movements during the Third Reich where the dominant story is that of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She also has publications on pilgrimage, both medieval and modern and spiritual and secular. She is currently researching themes in the stories of saints and fairy stories in the context of the study of Implicit Religion. Her professional life has focussed on Higher Education where her particular passion is in the field of Widening Participation.
Associate Professor Arniika Kuusisto
Arniika Kuusisto was Visiting Associate Professor in WRERU/CES 2016-17. Her research interest include life trajectory research, education in multicultural and multi-faith settings, and socialization and agency in the development of values and worldviews, also in relation to extremism and radicalization. Kuusisto's on-going Academy of Finland funded
research project "Nature or Nurture? Technology Assisted Multi-Method Autobiographical Approach to Value Learning during Transition to School" examines children’s value learning trajectories in the multifaceted interplay between individual agency and social contexts, such as preschool, school, home and peer groups. The project will also contribute into the emerging area of (auto)biographical and visual research methods with children. The multidisciplinary mixed methods approach is founded mainly on education and psychology, in particular areas such as life history research, childhood research and value research. Kuusisto’s PhD Growing up in Affiliation with a Religious Community: A Case Study of Finnish Adventist Youth (Waxmann, 2011) examined values education and socialization practices, agency and social capital within the religious minority context of Finnish Seventh-day Adventists. Her other research projects have included MUCCA (Multicultural Children and Adults in Day Care) joint action research project between the University of Helsinki and the City of Helsinki Social Services Department, and EDEN (Encountering Diversity in Education) research project examining diversity in the everyday of comprehensive school aged children (ages 9, 12, 15; N=1300). Kuusisto is
an active member of several international research networks and e.g. a previous Coordinator of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction(EARLI) Special Interest Group 19 on Religious and Spiritual Education. For more on her research and publications, see https://tuhat.helsinki.fi/portal/en/person/saekuusi.
Dr Jenny Berglund
Jenny Berglund was Visiting Associate Professor in WRERU/CES until 2018. Her particular area of interest concerns the matter of Islam and religious education. This is reflected in her 2009 dissertation Teaching Islam, Islamic Religious Education at Muslim Schools in Sweden (Waxmann), which examined the formation of Islamic Religious Education (IRE) as a confessional subject under the jurisdiction of the Swedish school system. Since earning her PhD, Jenny has collaborated on the editing of several Swedish books, in which her own contributions have generally dealt with Islam in Sweden. She is also working with the project "Religion as a Resource", which concerns the lives, values, relations, leisure time activities and religious interests of Sweden's youth populations. Her particular task in this regard has been to analyse the questionnaire responses of Muslim participants. Jenny has also been involved in TRATEBB (Teaching Religion and Thinking Education at the Baltic-Barent Brim), a research project designed to study religious education at four sets of "twin-schools" located on either side of four state boundaries in the Baltic-Barent region. Jenny is a member of the steering committee for the Swedish Association for the History of Religions (SSRF) and a committee member of the European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR) where she is also actively involved in the organization's working group on religious education. She is co-chair of the Religion and Public School group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and one of the editors of the editors of the Religious Diversity and Education in Europe series at Waxmann. She has initiated (and personally participates in) a teacher exchange program with the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of Jordan. From 2014, she is involved in a new project called CARDIPS (Cultural and religious diversity in primary school). In November 2014 she was awarded an International Career Grant from Swedish research council (co-funded by Marie Skludowska Curie Actions FP7). The grant includes funding for a three year project that concerns young Muslims experiences of moving between supplementary mosque education and public school (Experiences of Islamic and "Western" education in Sweden and Britain). As part of the International Career Grant she will from March 2015 be attached to Warwick Religions and Education Research Center (WRERU).
Associate Professor Arniika Kuusisto
Dr Jenny Berglund