Nicholas Townsend

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Nicholas Townsend is currently writer/editor for the VPlater Project on Catholic Social Teaching based at Newman University, Birmingham ( He is reviews editor for the journal Studies in Christian Ethics ( He is engaged in research on Christian theological understandings of the role of political authority.

Recent writing includes:

  • ‘Surveillance and Seeing: A New Way of Reading Mark 12:17, “Give Back to Caesar…”, in Studies in Christian Ethics, 27.1 (2014), 79-90.
  • ‘Transcending the Long Twentieth Century: Why We Should and How We Can Move to a Post-Capitalist Market Economy’, in Sean Doherty and Jeremy Kidwell (eds), Bringing Theology and Economics Together: A Christian Vision of the Common Good (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Nick is former Director of the Politics and Theology Programme at Sarum College and Tutor in Christian Doctrine and Ethics / Director of Studies at the South East Institute for Theological Education and University of Kent. He has been Head of Office for a Member of Parliament and has worked in the private sector. He lives in Dorset.