Dr Emma Wild-Wood

Senior Lecturer, African Christianity and African Indigenous Religions


Before coming to Edinburgh I was the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide and Lecturer in World Christianities in the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge.  Prior to that I taught in Bunia in DR Congo and in Uganda for a number of years. I studied in Edinburgh and studied for my doctorate in the Centre for the Study of World Christianity under Dr Jack Thompson and Prof. David Kerr.


BD, MTh, PhD

Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Editor, 'Studies in World Christianity'.

Member of Editorial Board, 'Exchange' and 'Mission Studies'.

Undergraduate teaching

Global religions B: Indigenous Religions (course manager)

Evangelism and Empire (course manager)

Religions in Africa (course manager)

History of Christianity as a World Religion 1B.

Studying Religions.

Postgraduate teaching

History of Christianity in Africa (course manager)

African Religious Diversity (course manager)

Selected Themes in World Christianity

Approaches to Research


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research interests focus on religious encounter in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Christian conversion and the growth of mission-initiated denominations between 1800 and the present day. 

Current research interests

I am presently working on a critical biography of the remarkable Ugandan Anglican missionary to north-east Congo, Apolo Kivebulaya. Using the lens of a single life I am able to give a new perspective on the history of religious change in the Great Lakes of Africa and on indigenous evangelists.

Past research interests

My PhD thesis and first monograph examined the impact of migration on Christian identity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have written on migration and Christianity in Africa and the United Kingdom, and on the East African Revival.

Knowledge exchange

Home office seminar on World Christianity. Churches Together England conference, Festival of Ideas, Cambridge, and numerous charities and churches on the impact of global migration on Christianity

Affiliated research centres