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Personal profile


I am Senior Lecturer in Theology and Practice at the University of Roehampton. I joined the University in 2018, having previously been Assistant Professor in Theology and Ministry in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University (2017-18) and Tutor in Systematic Theology at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham (2012-17). My studies were undertaken at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge.

I am the Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Theology and Honorary Research Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham (2019-21). At Roehampton, I am the convener of the Research Group in Theology, Religion and Practice and co-convene, with Neil Williams, the Early Career Academic Network (ECAN). 


  • 2008 MA 
  • 2009 MTh 
  • 2013 PhD (Cantab.)
  • 2019 FHEA

Research interests

I research in the area of systematic theology. More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between Christian doctrine and spiritual practice. I am the author of Karl Barth on Prayer (Studies in Systematic Theology Series; T&T Clark / Bloomsbury, 2015) and Prayer: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark / Bloomsbury, 2018), the co-editor of The Grammar of Grace: Readings from the Christian Tradition (Cascade Books, 2019), and have published several essays and journal articles on the theology and practice of prayer (most recently in the area of Anglican systematic theology).

I am currently co-editing a volume on Karl Barth's spiritual writings for the Classics of Western Spirituality Series by Paulist Press and The T&T Clark Companion to Christian Prayer, and co-authoring with David F. Ford a book on glorification for Baker Academic. My next major monograph will be on the doctrine of creation, provisionally entitled ‘Contemplating Creation: Christian Doctrine in Practice'.

  • Reviews of Karl Barth on Prayer (2015): Religion and Theology, 23.2 (2016); Choice (2016); Theology in Scotland, 23.1 (2016); Expository Times, 28.3 (2016); International Journal of Systematic Theology, 19.2 (2017); Modern Theology, 33.3 (2017); Theologischen Literaturzeitung (2017, Nr. 4); Centre for Karl Barth Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary (December 2017); Journal of Reformed Theology, 11.4 (2018).

  • Reviews of Prayer: A Guide for the Perplexed (2018): Church of England Newspaper (Sep 2018); The Way, 58.2 (2019); The Reader Magazine (Winter, 2018); Church Times (January 19); Reviews in Religion and Theology, 26.1 (2019); Theology, 122.2 (2019); Regents Review, 10.2 (2019); Theological Studies, forthcoming (2019); Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion (2019).


I have co-ordinated a variety of modules accross all levels (FdA, BTh, BA, MA, DTh), including:

  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine
  • Study Skills for Ministerial Theology*
  • Liturgy and Liberty in Worship*
  • The Contexts of Ministry 2/3*
  • Dissertations and Special Essay coordinator and supervisor*
  • Practicing Systematic Theology*
  • Publishable Article*.

* For 2019/20.

Research projects

Professional affiliations

External positions

Editorial Group (2017-), Grove Books (Doctrine Series)

Treasurer (2016-), Society for the Study of Theology

Executive Committee Member (2013-16), Society for the Study of Theology

External Examiner (2018-), St Albans Cathedral Study Centre


God and Study Skills: Learning as Formation

Cocksworth, A., Slee, N. & Allen, D.

Project: Research

Research Output 2008 2020

Open Access

J. G. Janzen, When Prayer Takes Place: Forays into a Biblical World

Cocksworth, A., 2019, In : Modern Believing. 60, 3, p. 291-92

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Sabbatical Contemplation? Retrieving a Strand in Reformed Theology

Cocksworth, A., 26 Feb 2019, Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming a Christian Spiritual Practice. Strobel, K. C. & Coe, J. H. (eds.). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, p. 74 94 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Grammar of Grace: Readings for the Christian Life

Cocksworth, A. (ed.), Eilers, K. (ed.) & Silvas, A. (ed.), 11 Jun 2019, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. 515 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Theorizing the (Anglican) lex orandi: a theological account

Cocksworth, A., 14 May 2019, In : Modern Theology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Colin Gunton Memorial Prize

Ashley Cocksworth (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Most Read Article

Ashley Cocksworth (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Karl Barth's Theology of Prayer: Contemplation, Petition and Invocation

Author: Cocksworth, A., 2018

Supervisor: Ford, D. F. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis