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Niamh Colbrook


I completed my BA (Hons) (2013-2016) and MPhil (2017-2018) degrees in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

My MPhil dissertation focused on constructing a theological approach to Anorexia Nervosa in dialogue with the theological anthropology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. My PhD research continues to develop these interests through a theological discussion of the bodily practices associated with eating disorders, in dialogue with Augustine of Hippo. I draw on contemporary research into eating disorders from various disciplines including psychology, anthropology, history and feminist studies. 

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

Research Interests

Theological anthropology 

Pneumatology and charismatic theology  

Theological approaches to embodiment 

Theology and mental health 

Intersections between theology and psychology


'Constructing a Theological Approach to Anorexia in Dialogue with Dietrich Bonhoeffer' - Seminar delivered as part of the Sutton Trust Summer School at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, August 2018.

'The "Anorexic Voice" and the Voice of God: Constructing a Theological Approach to Eating Disorders' - Lecture delivered as part of a year 12 study day at the University of Cambridge, July 2018.

Other Professional Activities

Conference Papers and Seminars

'The Meaningfulness of Suffering: A Theological Foundation for Eating Disorder Care', at the International Academy for Bioethical Inquiry, Maynooth, July 2019.

'The Ambiguities of Practice: Eating Disorders and Theological Formation', at the Society for the Study of Theology Postgraduate Conference, Birmingham, July 2019.

'Christianity, Culture, and the Shrinking Body: The Place of Theology in Eating Disorder Studies', at the Cambridge Body and Food Histories Seminar, Cambridge, February 2019.



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