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Theologisches Seminar | Theologische und Religionswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Ellen Goodwin

Ellen Goodwin, Dr.

  • Postdoc
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Theologisches Seminar, Kirchgasse 9, 8001 Zürich

Curriculum Vitae

From May 2023 Post-doc Professorship for Spiritual Care, University of Zürich
2022 – 2023 Religious Hatred Policy Advisor for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)
2018 – 2022 ESRC- funded doctoral researcher for a collaborative PhD, working with the non-academic partner World Vision, to explore faith-based responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in vulnerable urban settings at SOAS, University of London
2018 – 2022 Graduate Teaching Assistant Associate Tutor at SOAS, University of London for the modules Aid and Development, Cities and Development and Partnerships Beyond Borders
2018 – 2022 Guest Lecturer for the Project Management Skills workshop at SOAS, University of London, delivering lectures on conflict sensitivity and conflict analysis in interreligious contexts and the localisation of humanitarian processes
July –Dec 2021 UKRI Policy and Research Advisor, conducting research and producing policy documents on topics including Religious Engagement, Development and the FCDO and Localisation, Development and the FCDO for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
April – May 2020 Research Consultant for Joint Learning Initiative for Faith and Local Communities (JLI)
2017 – 2018 MSc Research for International Development: SOAS, University of London
2016 – 2017 MPhil World Christianities, Girton College, University of Cambridge
2011 – 2015 BA (Hons) French, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds

Research Interests

  • Religion, Spirituality and International Development/Humanitarianism
  • Localisation in International development/Humanitarianism
  • World Christianities


  • Goodwin, E and Kraft, K (2022) Mental Health and spiritual well-being in humanitarian crises: the role of faith communities providing spiritual and psychosocial support during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 7(21), pp.1-18
  • Greatrick, A, Al-Waeli, J, Sender, H, Corona Maioli, S, Li, J.K and Goodwin E (2022) Adapting to Crisis: Migration Research During, Migration and Society,
  • Goodwin, E and Ager, A (2021) Localisation in the context of UK government engagement with the humanitarian reform agenda, Front. Polit. Sci. 3:687063. doi: 10.3389/fpos.2021.687063


  • Co-produced a poster for USAID’s US Evidence Summit on Strategic Religious Engagement (4 October – 9 October) on Faith Identity and Impact: Lessons for Donors

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