Celia Deane-Drummond, PhD, is the director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and senior research fellow at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. She is also a visiting professor of theology and science at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University. She was previously a professor of theology and the inaugural director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame.
Deane-Drummond holds two doctorates, one in plant physiology from the University of Reading and one in systematic theology from the Victoria University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the interface between theology—particularly systematic and moral theology informed by contemporary and historical Catholic sources—and science, including ecology, anthropology, evolution, animal studies, psychology and genetics. Issues related to bioethics, environmental ethics, genetics, animal ethics, global development and transhumanism especially interest Deane-Drummond.
Her academic pursuit evolved and converged in the lab. While waiting during experiments on plants, Deane-Drummond reflected on spiritual writing; the more she grew to understand science, the more interesting she found theological concepts. This intersection turned her more fully toward theology. She decided to train to become a deacon in the Anglican Church but then became interested in the Catholic tradition.
Deane-Drummond eventually became a member of the committee of Science and Religion at the Vatican, which culminated in a conference on Darwinism. She has been active in the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development and has been involved in several conferences, including the 2009 UN Summit on Climate Change. From 2011 to 2018 she was chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment, which she helped found in 2006. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, published by Villanova University.
A prolific author, Deane-Drummond has written, edited and contributed to many publications. Recent titles include Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology: Dialogues in Wisdom, Humility, and Grace (Routledge, 2020); Theological Ethics through a Multispecies Lens: The Evolution of Wisdom, Volume 1 (Oxford University Press, 2019); Theology and Ecology across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home (T & T Clark, 2018); The Evolution of Human Wisdom (Lexington Books, 2017); Religion in the Anthropocene (Wipf & Stock, 2017); Ecology in Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2016); Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (Ashgate, 2015); Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014); and The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming (Eerdmans, 2014).