Nicholas Townsend

Nicholas Townsend.2.0813_webVisiting Scholar, Sarum Centre for Human Flourishing


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.

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 Devon.

Recent Writings

  • ‘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).