Patricia Kelly

Dr Patricia Kelly

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)113 283 7100 ext.631
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Education/Academic qualification

  • Postgraduate Certificate, Durham University

    Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University

    'Taking theology to work: ressourcement theology and industrial work in interwar France and Belgium'

  • Master of Arts, University of Leeds

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sunderland

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

    24 Nov 2015 -
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,

    Dec 2013 -


My PhD (Dunelm) examined the contribution of the Dominican ressourcement theologian, Marie-Dominique Chenu, and the founder of the Young Christian Workers, Joseph Cardijn, to a Catholic theology of work. 

My MA dissertation (Leeds) was on thirteenth-century anti-Cathar writings. 

I have translated a number of scholarly theological works, articles, and chapters from French and Italian, including most recently articles for the Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology and articles for the international journal Concilium.

Teaching and Administration

I teach modules in Christian doctrine, Church history, and contemporary Catholic theology.   

From 2013 until 2018 I was Programme Leader for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies, and taught the Jesus Christ and Church modules here and in other centres. 

Research interests

My primary research interest is ressourcement theology, and its continuing influence into twenty-first-century Catholic Theology. I am also interested in Catholic ecclesiology from the mid-nineteenth century to date, particularly the development of Mystical Body and Communion ecclesiologies during the twentieth century, and in the interactions between theology, culture, and society. 

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I would be happy to discuss research projects focusing on ressourcement theology, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Catholic ecclesiology, and contemporary Catholic theology. Potential students should email me.