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Dr. Cathriona Russell

Assistant Professor (School of Religion)


After completing a BAgrSC (1988) and MAgrSC in Horticultural Science (1990), at University College Dublin, I worked in environmental monitoring, as a plant nursery operative, as a garden centre manager and later with a landscape team. Returning to full-time studies in 1996, supported by a TCD Foundation Scholarship I completed a BA in Religions in Theology. A PhD followed (2006) funded by a research grant from the then Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and a Broad Curriculum Studentship (teaching ethics to Medical Students at TCD). Alongside teaching at TCD, I was Director of the Masters in Ecology and Religion at All Hallows College, DCU for three years (2010-2013) and taught distance-learning students theology and ethics at the Priory Institute, Tallaght (2007-2010). I have been taking tour groups to the Chester Beatty Library for more than 20 years, having been first introduced to the collection's Biblical Papyri, among other treasures, through my studies at TCD.
  Agricultural Ethics   Animal Ethics   Biodiversity & Inequality   Bioethics   Demographics and Environment   Development and Capability Theory   Environmental Ethics   Environmental Hermeneutics   Ethics in Science & Technology   Medical Ethics   Narrative Theology   Philosophy of Gardens   Research Ethics and Governance   Theological Cosmology & Anthropology   Theological Ethics   Theological Hermeneutics   Urban Cosmology   Urban Environments
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Theological Reference Group (Invited), Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) 2013 2019
Capability and Catholic Social Teaching Colloquium (Invited), 2013 Ongoing
St James's Hospital &Adelaide & Meath National Children's Hospital (Tallaght) Research Ethics Committee 2009 2010
Society for Study of Christian Ethics (UK) 2011 2019
Treasurer Irish Theological Association 2010 2013
Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church Network 2019 Ongoing
Chester Beatty Library Volunteer Tour-Guide 2000 Ongoing
Integral Ecology: Autonomy, the Common Inheritance of the Earth and Creation Theology in, editor(s)Severine Deneulin and Clemens Sedmak , Integral Human Development: Catholic Social Teaching and the Capability Approach, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Press, 2023, pp170 - 186, [Russell, Cathriona], Notes: [Kellog Institute Series on Democracy and Development], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Russell, Cathriona , Technology and Integral Ecology, New Blackfriars, February, 2022, p220 - 233, Notes: [DOI:10.1111/nbfr.12719], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Russell, Cathriona , Liturgy and Urban Ecology: Vital Connections, Doctrine & Life, 72, (7), 2022, p35 - 42, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Russell, Cathriona, Care, Coercion and Dignity at the End of Life, Studies in Christian Ethics , 32, (1), 2018, p36 - 45, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Cathriona Russell, Creation: an invitation to share God's love, Search: A Church of Ireland Journal , (Summer), 2018, 91 - 99, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Cathriona Russell, Leaving no one behind: inequalities facing impoverished providers in marginalised economies affected by biodiversity loss and climate change, Sarajevo 2018: Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina , July 26th-29th, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
"Demography, Poverty and Planetary Boundaries in Laudato Si" in, editor(s)McDonagh, Sean , Laudato Si': An Irish Response, Dublin, Veritas, 2017, pp173 - 196, [Russell, Cathriona ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Russell, Cathriona, Environmental Ethics, Technology, and Nature-Romanticism, Green Foundation Ireland, Green Values, Religion and Secularism, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, July 1st 2017, edited by Ahern, Nuala , 2017, pp7-9 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Cathriona Russell, Thermodynamics and Theology: Turn-of-the-century cosmologies, 1850-1920, Review of Entropic Creation:Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and cosmology, by Krage, Helge , Approaching Religion, 7, (2), 2017, p66-68 , Review, PUBLISHED  URL
Russell, Cathriona, Faith and the Marvellous Progress of Science Realities are Greater than Ideas: Laudato Si' and the Sciences, Doctrine and Life, 65, 2015, p56 - 62, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Cathriona Russell, Creation, the common inheritance of the biosphere, and the commodification of the proximal sky, Creation, Transformation, Theology, Osnabrück University, Germany, 25-28 August, 2021, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Russell, Cathriona, The Common Inheritance of the Earth: an undertaking of mutuality, Elemental Bioethics: International Academy for Bioethical Enquiry, Maynooth, Ireland, July 14th-18th, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Cathriona Russell, Not having babies won't save the planet, Suas Magazine, IV, 2019, p17-18 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Russell, Cathriona, Realities are Greater than Ideas: Laudato Si' and Environmental Ethics, Living Laudato Si' Society of African Missions Summer School, Dromantine, Co Down, June 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Russell, Cathriona, Creation, Capability and Care for our Common Home, Ecology, the Bible and Ethics, Trinity College Dublin, March, 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Russell, Cathriona, Urban Sustainability, Capability and Laudato Si', Capability and Catholic Social Teaching Colloquium, Ghent, Belgium, August, 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Russell, Cathriona, Approaches to Reading Laudato Si', Laudato Si': Presentation Sisters Ceist Seminar, Milltown Park, Dublin, September 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Russell, Cathriona, Autonomy, Stewardship and Subsidiarity as Ethical Criteria for Sustainability, Ethics in the World Church: In the Currents of History: From Trento to the Future, Trento, Italy, July 2010, 2010, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Russell, Cathriona, Burden-Sharing in a Changing Climate: which principles and practices can theologians endorse, Studies in Christian Ethics, Theological Reflections on Climate Change, Cambridge, September 2010, 2010, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Russell, Cathriona, An Anthropocentric Perspective in Christian Environmental Ethics-the Role of the Steward in Safeguarding Creation, International Symposium on Environment & Religion, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2008, 2008, Conference Paper, PRESENTED


Award Date
Broad Curriculum Studentship, TCD (PG) 2003-06
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholarship 2000-3
Trinity College Postgraduate Grant 2000
Foundation Scholarship 1998
Church Formularies Prize and Ryan Prize for Systematic Theology 1998
Bishop Forster's Divinity Premium, Theological 1998
Newport White Prize for Greek Texts 1997
Carson Biblical Prize 1997
1983 Prize in Biblical Greek 1997 & 1998
Environmental ethics and hermeneutics, research ethics, biomedical ethics, development ethics, science and religion, cosmologies and creation theologies.