Professor Jolyon Mitchell (MA (Cantab), MA (Dunelm), CertTh, PhD (Edinburgh).)

Honorary Fellow


Professor Mitchell's research and teaching focuses on: Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding with particular reference to the arts (e.g. film, theatre, radio, visual arts as well as other new and old media). He has written and published extensively in these and related areas (e.g. the uses of different media arts in promoting peace and inciting violence; Communication Ethics; Theology & the Arts; Media, Religion and Culture; Memory, History and Religion).

Educated at the Universities of Cambridge (BA, MA), Durham (MA, Cert. Th.), and Edinburgh (PhD), Jolyon Mitchell worked as a producer and journalist for BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 before he was appointed to the University of Edinburgh. As Director of the, President of the national association for Theology and Religious Studies (TRS-UK) [and until recently Academic Director of the] he directs a number of interdisciplinary research projects and helps to host a wide range of public lectures and events. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Professor Mitchell has supervised over twenty doctorates and supervised well over 100 other postgraduates. Many of these completed doctorates have been published as books or articles. His former students now work in a wide range of countries all over the world. He continues to supervise and work with a wide range of doctoral students.

Professor Mitchell has himself given numerous invited lectures around the world including at the Gregorian University in Rome, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of the Philippines, the University of Sydney, the University of Tehran, the Theology Faculty at Butare, Rwanda and the Vrije University in Amsterdam as well as all over the UK, Ireland and different parts of North America.


MA (Cantab), MA (Dunelm), CertTh, PhD (Edinburgh).

Responsibilities & affiliations

Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI),

President, Theology and Religious Studies - UK (TRS UK),

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

More information about research projects by Prof Mitchell are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

More information about research projects by Prof. Mitchell are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

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