Dr Elizabeth Harris

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Job TitleHonorary Research Fellow

I am currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham. I’ve had a varied career but eventually focussed on two areas: Interfaith Relations; Buddhist Studies. In my mid-thirties, after becoming involved with my local interfaith group in London, I went to Sri Lanka to study Buddhism on a World Council of Churches scholarship. What I thought would be a one year break from paid employment became seven and half a years. I eventually did a PhD in Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka, mentored by some wonderful people, including Dr Aloysius Pieris s.j. Returning to the UK in 1993, I first went to Westminster College, Oxford, as a Research Fellow. Then, for eleven years, I was the national Inter Faith Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain. During this time, I was also an Honorary Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, an Associate Tutor in Inter-Faith Relations at the North Thames Ministerial Training Course and a Visiting Lecturer at Lund University. I then returned to full time academic work, at Liverpool Hope University, eventually becoming an Associate Professor in Religious Studies. I retired in 2016. I’m a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.