Research Director and Research Analytics Officer

The Graduate Research School staff are Research Director Professor James Harrison and Executive Officer (Research Analytics) Professor Neil Ormerod. They work collaboratively with the Sydney College of Divinity Office of the Dean to manage the School and its programs, and ensure that SCD faculty continue to excel in meeting the ERA standards.

Professor James Harrison
Research Director

The management of the programs is the responsibility of the Research Director.  Prof. Harrison provides initial guidance in respect of the desired program, qualifications for admission, the DMin coursework if relevant, the intended research topic and supervision of the research, and remains the key contact for candidates in managing their progress.

Prof. Harrison’s has widely researched and published in the area of the intersection of the New Testament documents with the Graeco-Roman world and Second Temple Judaism. His interests include

  • The historical Jesus
  • The apostle Paul
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • The epistle to the Romans
  • The Graeco-Roman world
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Julio-Claudian society
  • The eastern Mediterranean cities and their villages
  • Archaeology, epigraphy, papyri, numismatics, and iconography
  • The Western intellectual tradition and the legacy of early Christianity

His two recent publications are

  1. Reading Romans with Roman Eyes: Studies on the Social Perspective of Paul
    Minneapolis: Lexington Fortress Press, 2020
  2. Paul and the Ancient Celebrity Circuit: The Cross and Moral Transformation
    Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019

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Professor Neil Ormerod
Executive Officer (Research Analytics)

Prof. Ormerod focuses on the research culture of the Sydney College of Divinity, with a special interest in the research quality of the outputs of SCD faculty members. He works closely with the Research Director in running workshops and sessions for faculty and students to promote research quality.

Prof. Ormerod  is currently working on aspects of Trinitarian theology found in the Latin works of Bernard Lonergan, and their applications to a range of theological issues, including ecclesiology, Christology and the theology of grace. His interests are Trinity, Christian anthropology (sin and grace), Historical ecclesiology and Christology. His research strengths include

  • Trinitarian and Christological theology
  • Historical ecclesiology
  • Natural theology
  • Christian anthropology

His two recent publications are

  1. Faith and Reason: The Possibility of a Christian Philosophy
    Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017, 209pp.
  2. Foundational Theology: A New Approach to Catholic Fundamental Theology
    with Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015, xiv+359pp

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