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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 an Honorary Research Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham (2019-21) and a former Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Theology (2016-20). At Roehampton, I convene 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 work in the area of Christian theology. More specifically I am interested in the relation between religious belief and religious practice. What are the things Christians do and in what ways are these things involved in the complicated process of belief-production? And how are these practices themselves shaped and guided by the things Christian believe? I am particularly interested in the way these questions get framed and theorised in modern theology.

In terms of actual religious practices, I am primarily interested in what might be called ‘everyday’ (or nearly everyday) religious practices. I have written on Evensong in Anglican liturgy, the Sabbath as a form of contemplation, the Sabbath as ecological practice, baptism, the saying of the creeds in worship, the idea of giving glory to God, the theological reading of non-biblical books, and more generally and variously theological matters relating to the practice of prayer. There are few things more ordinary than prayer - for all the rich diversity of the Christian tradition, there is one thing that pretty much all Christians do, and that is to pray. I have found prayer to be a useful ‘way in’ to investigating the relation between belief-formation and practice. Alongside the everyday, I am also interested the big issues facing the world; and there is no larger challenge than the environmental crisis. My next major research project revisits classical accounts of the Christian doctrine of creation in relation to climate change - and again I am interested in the small steps, the everyday practices (of prayer) that might help to imagine and shape a better world.

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), and the co-editor of The Grammar of Grace: Readings from the Christian Tradition (Cascade Books, 2019).

  • 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); Anglican Theological Review, 102.2 (2020); Theological Studies, forthcoming (2019); Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion (2019).

I am currently co-editing a volume on Karl Barth's spiritual writings for the Classics of Western Spirituality Series by Paulist Press and nearing the final stages of editing The T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Prayer for Bloomsbury. Both of these volumes should be published in 2021. Next in the pipeline is a study of glory for Baker Academic which I am co-writing with David F. Ford. The longer term project is a monograph on the doctrine of creation, provisionally entitled ‘Contemplating Creation: Christian Doctrine in Practice', which comes at the doctrine of creation via an unusal attention to contemplative practice.


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

External Examiner, University of Chester

2020 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham


External Examiner, St Albans Cathedral Study Centre

2018 → …

Editorial Group, Grove Books (Doctrine Series)

2017 → …

Treasurer, Society for the Study of Theology


Executive Committee Member, Society for the Study of Theology



God and Study Skills: Learning as Formation

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

Project: Research

Research Output

On Prayer in Anglican Systematic Theology

Cocksworth, A., 11 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Systematic Theology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Theorizing the (Anglican) lex orandi: a theological account

Cocksworth, A., 2020, In : Modern Theology. 36, 2, p. 298-316

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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


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