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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 PhD research develops work begun during my MPhil studies, and is concerned with the theological questions and issues that are raised by eating disorders. In particular, I focus on the ways in which eating disorders might pose precise questions concerning the nature of human suffering, particularly related to materiality/embodiment, agency, and habit. I engage constructively with the thought of Augustine of Hippo, particularly his scriptural commentaries. 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

Pneumatology and charismatic theology  

Theological approaches to embodiment 

Theology and mental health 

Theologies of suffering

Theology of food



'Theology and Human Suffering' - Seminar delivered as part of the Sutton Trust Summer School at the Faculty of Divinity, August 2019.

'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.



Co-convenor of the AHRC-funded Cambridge Body and Food Histories Group, 2019-2020.

Organiser - Society for the Study of Theology Postgraduate Conference, 'Reconciliation', July 2020.


Other Publications

(Not peer-reviewed) 'Care, Liturgy and the Technological Imaginary: An Interview with Jeffrey Bishop', Noesis Review (6), 2019.


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