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Professor Michael S Northcott


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Michael Northcott's teaching and research is in the areas of Christian Ethics, ecology and religious ethics, and economy and ethics. He has published 12 books and over 70 academic papers. He has been visiting professor at the Claremont School of Theology, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya. He has successfully supervised 28 doctoral students since coming to Edinburgh in 1989 with a majority of those students from Asia and North America. He welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students in Christian ethics, ecology and religion, the environmental humanities, and environmental and economic ethics. 

He leads a large AHRC grant on faith-based ecological activism in the UK entitled 'Caring for the Furture Through Ancestral Time: 

He is a co-investigator on the Human-Business at Edinburgh Initiative investigating the ethical implications of current modes of representing economic value: 

His most recent books include:

Place, Ecology and the Sacred: The Moral Geography of Sustainable Comunities (Bloomsbury 2015)

Systematic Theology and Climate Change: Ecumenical Perspectives (Routledge 2014) edited with Peter Scot

A Political Theology of Climate Change (Eerdmans/SPCK 2014)


BBC Radio Debate on ethics, animals and infants with Prof. David Clough:

Full publication list at Edinburgh Research Explorer:"

Some papers downloadable from

Latest Media Interview: The War Cry, 7 March 2015