Dr Zoë Bennett

Faculty Deputy Director of Studies

Course Leader, Professional Doctorate in Theology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Theology

Courses taught: Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology

Zoë is a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology and her particular research interests are John Ruskin & Practical Theology and Feminist Pastoral & Practical Theology.



Zoë Bennett is Deputy Director of Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, and Course Leader for Theology, which includes the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology. She is located primarily at the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Research interests

  • John Ruskin & Practical Theology
  • Feminist Pastoral & Practical Theology

Areas of research supervision

  • Practical Theology (particularly in relation to the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology)

Selected recent publications

Monographs and scholarly editions

'In a glass darkly': The Bible, Reflection and Everyday Life with Christopher Rowland. London: SCM Press.

Bennett, Z. Using the Bible in practical theology: historical and contemporary perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013

Bennett, Z. with Gowler, D (eds). Radical Christian Voices and Practice: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland, Oxford: OUP, 2012

Bennett, Z. Introducing Feminist Perspectives on Pastoral Theology, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press 2002

Refereed journal articles and chapters in books

'Finding a critical space: Scripture and experience in Practical Theology' in Theologians on Scripture ed. A.Paddison in press, T&T Clark (Bloomsbury), Nov 2016

With Razvan Porumb, 'Studying Pastoral Theology in an ecumenical context' Journal of Adult Theological Education Vol.8.1, pp.38-52, 2011

'Creation made image and image made word: John Ruskin on JMW Turner's Snow Storm' in Approaches to Visuality in Religion, eds D. Pezzoli-Olgiati and C. Rowland Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht in the collection "Research in Contemporary Religion", 2011

'"There is no wealth but life: John Ruskin and Public Theology', in Theology and Human Flourishing: Essays in Honour of Timothy J. Gorringe ed Mike Higton, Wipf and Stock, 2011

'Practical Theology in Britain' - A Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology ed Bonnie Miller-McLemore, 2011

'Ruskin, the Bible and the death of Rose La Touche: a "torn manuscript of the human soul"', in Michael Lieb, Emma Mason, Jonathan Roberts and Christopher Rowland eds, The Oxford Handbook of Reception History of the Bible, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

'"To see fearlessly, pitifully': what does John Ruskin have to offer to Practical Theology?' International Journal of Practical Theology Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 189-203, ISSN (Online) 1612-9768, ISSN (Print) 1430-6921, DOI: 10.1515/IJPT.2011.015, /February/2011


Bennett, Z. Your MA in Theology: a study skills handbook. London: SCM Press, 2014

Recent presentations and conferences

'The True Use of Faith', The Ruskin Lecture 2011, Isle of Wight: The Guild of St George.